World leaders condemn New Zealand mosque attacks
Ahad 17 Maret 2019 10:8 WIB
Christchurch, NU Online
The word leaders have expressed their solidarity with New Zealand after mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch that killed nearly 50 people on Friday morning, khaleejtimes.com reported.
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and called it "one of New Zealand's darkest days."
Police have arrested four people in relation to the terrorist attack and defused several devices.
In the meantime, the world angrily reacted to New Zealand mosque mass shooting. Leaders from around the world responded to the deadly attacks which happened during Friday prayers.
Political leaders from across the world have expressed their condemnation at the deadly attacks.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, condemned the mass shooting during the Friday prayer today at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, which left 40 people at least dead and scores other seriously injured.
"On a peaceful Friday, and in a mosque, a typical peaceful place of worship, we saw the most heinous of religious hate crimes where 49 worshippers were killed. Our condolences to New Zealand, and to the families of the victims, and to all Muslims in my name and on behalf of my country that is dedicating a full year for promoting tolerance in the world. We express our deepest sorrow and call upon the entire world to thoughtfully consider inculcating interfaith tolerance," Sheikh Mohammed said in his official Twitter account.
Meanwhile, in a tweet, US President Donald Trump sent "warmest sympathy and best wishes" to the people of New Zealand.
He wrote that "49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The US stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!"
Also, Queen Elizabeth II, New Zealand's head of state, said she was "deeply saddened" by the attacks on two mosques on Friday which left 49 people dead.
"I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch... At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders," Queen Elizabeth said in a message.
"Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives," she said, paying tribute to emergency workers and volunteers providing support to the injured.
Separately, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she mourned "with New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques. We stand together against such acts of terrorism."
There have been many world leaders, such as French President Emmanuel Macron echoing Merkel's message, condemning an "odious attack" and saying France "stands against any form of extremism" and Japan's top government spokesman offering his condolences to the victims of mosque attacks in New Zealand and says Japan stands by the people of that country.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a regular news conference Friday, expressed "heartfelt condolences" to the shooting victims and their families, while extending sympathy for the injured.
Suga expressed "solidarity with the people of New Zealand."
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom has tweeted that she was "shocked by the attack in Christchurch," saying "we condemn terrorism in all forms."
Meanwhile Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is calling on Western nations to rapidly take measures to curb rising racism against Islam and Muslims, saying new attacks such as the mass shootings in New Zealand would otherwise be "inevitable."
Speaking at the funeral of a former minister on Friday, Erdogan renewed his condemnation of the attack on two mosques in Christchurch.
Erdogan said: "It is clear that the understanding that the murderer - who also targeted our country, our people and my person - represented, has rapidly started to take over Western communities like a cancer." It was an apparent reference to reports that a suspect had left behind a 74-page manifesto that also threatened Turks.
Erdogan continued: "I call on Western countries especially to rapidly take measures against this dangerous turn that threatens the whole of humanity." (Masdar)
Selasa 5 Maret 2019 12:48 WIBIndonesia urges OIC to provide concrete support for Palestine
Jakarta, NU Online
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries have no other option but to provide solid and concrete support to Palestine, according to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
"I want to remind the OIC members about our unfinished work, which is the Palestinian issue, (considering) the situation is getting worse," Marsudi remarked at the 46th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), recently.
In a statement released by the Foreign Ministry on Saturday, Marsudi encouraged all OIC members to support the struggle of Palestinian people to achieve their independence.
Indonesia, as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, will continue to provide its full support for the Palestinian cause.
One of the concrete measures taken by Indonesia to help Palestinian people is by providing financial assistance to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for desalinating water facilities in Gaza as well as conducting capacity building program for Palestinian women refugees in Jordan.
Marsudi will deliver the assistance to the UNRWA Headquarters in Amman, Jordan, after the OIC meeting wrapped up.
"The only choice for the OIC is to strengthen solidarity and concrete support for Palestine," Marsudi noted.
The OIC meeting is held at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, on March 1-2, 2019, under the theme "Fifty Years of Islamic Cooperation: Roadmap for Prosperity and Development."
At the meeting, Bangladesh handed over the chairmanship of OIC CFM to the UAE. The meeting will also ratify more than 130 draft resolutions related to OIC cooperation on various issues.
During the meeting, the Indonesian government submitted three draft resolutions related to the establishment of the OIC Contact Group for Peace and Dialogue, Islamic Office for the Boycott of Israel, and the Global Pact on Migration.
In addition, the Indonesian government submitted an annual resolution draft regarding the first meeting of the OIC Medicines Supervisory Board that was held in Jakarta in November 2018 as well as Indonesia`s role and assistance to help handle the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar. (Antara/Masdar)
Rabu 27 Februari 2019 16:26 WIBTurkey urges China to protect religious freedom in Xinjiang
Geneva, NU Online
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu voiced concern on Monday at China`s alleged mistreatment of Uighurs and other Muslims in its Xinjiang region and called on Beijing to protect freedom of religion and cultural identity.
The U.N. Human Rights Council opened its main, annual four-week session and diplomats and activists say China has lobbied hard to avoid scrutiny over its policies in Xinjiang and other rights issues.
Western countries are looking to Turkey and other members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to spotlight what China calls re-education and training facilities in Xinjiang.
U.N. experts and activists say the camps hold a million Uighurs, who speak a Turkic language, and other Muslims. China has denied accusations of mistreatment and deems criticism within the U.N. council to be interference in its sovereignty.
Cavuslogu did not specifically mention mass detention camps in the remote western region of China. But he told the Geneva forum that reports of human rights violations against Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang were serious cause for concern.
A distinction should be made between "terrorists and innocent people", Cavusoglu added.
He then inserted a line into his prepared remarks, adding: "And I have to underline that we support the One China policy".
He was referring to China`s stance that the country encompasses Taiwan and autonomous regions including Xinjiang and Tibet.
"We encourage Chinese authorities and expect that universal human rights, including freedom of religion, are respected and full protection of the cultural identities of the Uighurs and other Muslims is ensured," Cavusoglu said.
China, a member of the 47-member Human Rights Council, did not immediately respond to his remarks, but delegations will be free to reply to allegations later in the session.
China`s counter-terror and de-radicalisation efforts in Xinjiang should be applauded for creating a new method of tackling the problem, a senior Chinese diplomat told foreign envoys last week. (Reuters/Masdar)
Jumat 22 Februari 2019 9:30 WIBPalestinians pray outside Aqsa to protest gate closure
Al-Quds, NU Online
Dozens of Palestinian worshippers on Wednesday performed prayers outside Jerusalem?s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex to protest the continued closure by Israel of the of Al-Rahma Gate.
Earlier Wednesday, Israeli forces were deployed near the gate -- located on the east side of the mosque compound -- amid mounting tensions with Palestinian worshippers.
On Monday, the Israeli authorities sealed the gate, preventing hundreds of Muslim worshippers from entering Al-Aqsa, and detained several Palestinians inside the mosque complex.
The following day, the Israeli authorities reportedly reopened the gate temporarily. (Masdar)