Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland today expressed shock and revulsion at the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.
“On behalf of the Commonwealth family I convey my deepest sympathy to the people of New Zealand and to all those directly affected by the appalling acts of hate-fuelled violence that have been inflicted on the community in Christchurch.
“It is particularly shocking that such an attack should take place in houses of prayer, and our thoughts are with the families and others close to those who have been killed, or are casualties and suffering physical or mental distress. We salute the emergency services and all who are working to deal with the aftermath of this outrage.
“The people and nations of the Commonwealth, including New Zealand, work together to bring understanding and cohesion. And we will not be swayed from our collaboration and determination to build peace and understanding, and to counter violent extremism and hatred in all their forms and from whichever quarter they come.”
Note to Editors
- The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states.
- The Commonwealth is home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries.
- Thirty one of our members are small states, many of which are island nations.
- Our shared values and principles are inscribed in the Commonwealth Charter.
- Member countries are supported by a network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations.
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