Statement of the Secretary General – New Zealand Terror Attack

With heartfelt sorrow for the victims and their families, Religions for Peace condemns the hideous act of terror that has killed 49 Muslim believers in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The terror attack in New Zealand was designed to kill the innocent, attack Islam and sow fear among diverse communities.

We therefore also extend our heartfelt solidarity to Muslim communities around the world.

As we grieve the loss of the innocent and the attack on Islam, we urge all religious believers to unite in active solidarity in the rejection of terrorism.

Religions for Peace knows from long experience that religious communities are fundamentally allies in building Peace.

In solidarity,


Dr. William F. Vendley
Secretary General
Religions for Peace International



RELIGIONS FOR PEACE–the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition-advances common action among the world’s religious communities for peace. Religions for Peace works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than 90 national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Interfaith Youth Network. 


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