The European Platform against Religious Intolerance and Discrimination (EPRID) and its member organizations are deeply saddened by the senseless attack at the at Al Noor Mosque and at Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, and express their sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

We stand in solidarity to the people of New Zealand. The tragic loss of lives is beyond shocking, especially as it took place at the time of the Friday prayer. We hope religious, community, and political leaders everywhere will double their efforts to come together in a spirit of love and mutual support to protect the inalienable rights to freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression for all people.