New Zealand says mosque gunman faces life in prison in isolation

New Zealand says mosque gunman faces life in prison in isolation

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant has been arrested and charged with murder.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday night left for Turkey to attend an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers, ARY News reported.

It called on the United Nations and other worldwide and regional organizations to adopt 15th of March as the global Day of Solidarity against Islamophobia.

During a visit to Turkey in the wake of the Christchurch massacre New Zealand's deputy prime minister Winston Peters has not addressed the controversy sparked by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he appeared to threaten violence against Australians and New Zealanders.

Among the victims were four children under the age of 18.

"The empathy and solidarity shown by Ardern towards Muslims should be an example for all world leaders", he said.

It also called upon the UN Secretary General to convene a special session of the UNGA to declare Islamophobia as a form of racism and to assign a special rapporteur for monitoring and combating Islamophobia.

Islamophobia not only subject of politics, civil society, or scholarship but concern for security forces, statesmen, and people in streets, the Turkish president further said.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who will also speak at the summit, has sparked outrage overseas by screening at campaign rallies excerpts of the Tarrant's video to denounce Islamophobia.

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New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters told Turkish officials showing the video was "unfair" and endangered his country's citizens overseas.

Mr Peters said: "We are returning home to New Zealand with a grateful assurance that our people will come here to commemorate Anzac and will be as welcome as they always were". "There are new strict gun control measures already announced and we'll confront the way that social media is used to spread vile hate", he said.

"We need other countries to be a part of that", Winston Peters added.

On Friday, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu praised New Zealand authorities and their "sincere solidarity messages".

"We are here to show we are one body against Islamophobic actions across the world", he said.

"Islamophobia has risen during the past few years and it is turning into action, which is concerning", Cavosuglu said.

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