FIOE Condemns Christchurch Terrorist Attack
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrorist shootings at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand.
It is utterly shocking to have woken up to the tragic news that 49 worshipers were senselessly killed and many more wounded, as they were preparing to perform Friday prayers.
The FIOE, as a representative body for hundreds of Muslim organisations across Europe condemns this heinous terrorist act in the strongest possible terms.
It has become imperative that decision makers, civil society organisations and legal and human rights advocates in Europe come together to unite their efforts against the scourges of racism and anti-Muslim hatred.
Such evil tendencies are often led by far-right extremist parties but are backed, deliberately or otherwise by an environment of anti-Muslim sentiments, rhetoric and policies. Islamophobia can only be combatted when all components of European societies mobilize in solidarity against this and all forms of racism and discrimination.
Furthermore, the FIOE calls on all European state authorities to redouble their efforts when it comes to introducing legislation that will criminalise Islamophobic practices in all their forms.
Today, Muslims across Europe pray for the victims of this terrorist act, for those who have had their lives taken, for the injured and the bereaved, and for all the citizens of Christchurch and indeed New Zealand, for solace, peace and safety to prevail.
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe
15th March 2019