Sada El Balad : At Christchurch mosque، Guterres vows to combat hate speech (طباعة)
At Christchurch mosque، Guterres vows to combat hate speech
آخر تحديث: الثلاثاء 14/05/2019 09:27 ص Edited By: Nada Moustafa
UN Secretary General
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres visited Al Noor Mosque، one of the places of worship in New Zealand's southern city attacked by a self-confessed white supremacist on March 15، Reuters reported.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres aims to draw up a global plan to fight a rising tide of hate speech، he said on Tuesday، during a visit to a New Zealand mosque where dozens of worshippers were killed in a mass shooting in March.

Guterres visited the Al Noor Mosque in the southern city of Christchurch، where a self-confessed white supremacist killed more than 40 people on March 15 in one of the terror attacks on two mosques that killed a total of 51 people.

The Australian shooter، who live-streamed the massacre، has been charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder over the attacks.

"Hate speech is spreading and public discourse is being coarsened،" Guterres said in a speech outside the mosque.

"Social media is being exploited as a platform for bigotry. We must all show solidarity in response to this dangerous upsurge in hatred."

Guterres has asked the UN special adviser for the prevention of genocide to form a team to develop a global plan of action against hate speech، he added.

The UN chief's visit to the island nation came as its Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prepared to co-host a meeting in France for global support to combat online expression of violence.

Guterres usually makes a "visit of solidarity" to a Muslim nation during the annual holy month of Ramadan، which began on May 5، but decided to visit New Zealand in light of the shootings، he added.

After his three-day New Zealand visit، Guterres will meet Pacific leaders in Fiji to discuss climate change on Wednesday and visit the low-lying island nations of Vanuatu and Tuvalu، which are among the first to feel the impact of global warming.