A group of Muslim women sat in the whanau room at Starship hospital on the afternoon of Sunday 17 March 2019. They were there supporting the mother of a four year old girl who waited while her little daughter undertook surgery for three bullet wounds suffered in the Christchurch terror attack on the Muslim community.
The conversation turned to the regular abuse – verbal and physical – the Muslim community faces living in New Zealand. There are regular insults and the Muslim community feels increasingly scared and unwelcome. Being told ‘go back to where you came from’ or ‘go home’ is not even seen as abuse because it is the least of what is endured.
This platform has been discussed for years within the community and with the Human Rights Foundation. It is long overdue. Sadly, even since the Christchurch atrocities, the abuses have continued.
What most New Zealanders don’t realise is that Islamophobia does exist in our beloved country. The Human Rights Foundation has been part of a Rule of Law project where we have been persistently raising this with the New Zealand authorities.
This website is a place for the community to record what has happened in an online form where people’s details will be kept confidential but the incidents can be posted by the moderator anonymously.
It is one way we can gain an accurate picture and help ensure that New Zealand is a place of truth that is safe for everyone to call home.