Tactics Institute for Security and Counter Terrorism strongly condemns the heinous massacres carried out at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand where 49 people have been killed, whilst at least 20 have been suffered serious injuries. This cowardly terrorist act appears to be the direct result of hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric and right-wing Islamophobia. The world must react and tackle Islamophobic hatred.
A 28 year old right-wing extremist, has been charged with murder and is expected to appear in court on Saturday. It is unclear how many attackers were involved in the attacks.
The terrorist attack in Christchurch is an attack on the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence in multicultural communities in the West.
Tactics Institute regard this terrorist attack as a manifestation of the hate and discrimination campaigns often promoted by right wing extremists. Again, social media has been utilised by extremists to promote their ideology.
“The amount of hate and extremism disseminated across social media has been increasing recent years. Social media is swamped with violent content, inciting against different communities including Muslims in the West. We must demand that governments across the West act to the full extent of the law to contain such extremist right-wing individuals” said Thomas Charles, Director of Tactics Institute.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, described the attack as “heartbreaking” as “people have been murdered because of their faith”.
The Institute invites governments across the world to ban any hate speech or rhetoric that incites violence. It also urges social media platforms to ban any content which promotes hate and harms social cohesion.
Terrorism does not have a religion. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the families of the victims.
Tactics Institute for Security and Counter Terrorism is an independent, non-partisan, think tank. Tactics researches terrorism to identify its causes and best possible remedies, always bearing in mind the protection of
individual liberties and the human rights of those affected.
In our work we examine social, economic, religious, national and ethnic factors which could be the drivers of international or regional terrorism. We are dedicated to provide decision makers around the world the right policy recommendations through our research and analysis to inform effective public policies on counter-terrorism.
Tactics Institute for Security and Counter Terrorism
Thomas Charles, Director