Speaking in the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack, the New Zealand Prime Minister said the country needs to "weed (racism) out where it exists and make sure that we never create an environment where it can flourish".
“But I would make that a global call,” Ardern continued. “What New Zealand experienced here was violence brought against us by someone who grew up and learned their ideology somewhere else. If we want to make sure globally that we are a safe and tolerant and inclusive world we cannot think about this in terms of boundaries.”
Speaking to the BBC, she also said that New Zealand had generally been accepting of refugees. “We are a welcoming country. I utterly reject the idea that in any way in trying to ensure that we have a system that looks after those who choose to call New Zealand home, that we have perpetuated an environment where this kind of ideology can exist.”
Christchurch shootings: Jacinda Ardern calls for global anti-racism fight https://t.co/wKzABqdaek
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 20, 2019
Ardern: “This is not just an issue for New Zealand”
Ardern also made similar comments in a press conference on 19 March, also arguing for greater regulation of social media after the terror attacks were widely broadcast online.
“There is an argument here to be made for us to take a united front on what is a global issue,” she said in response to a question from TIME. “This is not just an issue for New Zealand. Social media platforms have been used to spread violence, material that incites violence. All of us need to present a united front. When it comes to racism, extremism, violence, we domestically have duties upon us as well.”
Ardern also said she disagreed with the approach of Donald Trump, who said that he was not concerned about a rise in white supremacy across the world. Instead, he blamed a minority with “very, very serious problems”.
New Zealand remains in shock and mourning after 50 people were killed in the attack at two Christchurch mosques on Friday 15 March.
The shooter wrote a manifesto outlining his white supremacist and nationalist ideology that has been widely shared online.
“Speak the names of those who were lost, rather than name of the man who took them," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in an address to Parliament. "He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing. Not even his name.” https://t.co/JAf5dm1hRD
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 19, 2019
Ardern will not name the shooter from the Christchurch attack
Ardern has won international praise for her response to the massacre. She wore a hijab to a memorial service in Wellington, where she signed a national condolence book for those who died.
“On behalf of all New Zealanders, we grieve together. We are one. They are us,” she wrote in the book.
“What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence,” she wrote on Twitter after the attack. “It has no place in New Zealand. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their home – they are us.”
She has also vowed not to name the gunman involved in the attack as she believes this would only contribute to him achieving the notoriety he seeks.
“I implore you, speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them,” she said in parliament. “He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless.”
The CEO Magazine has also chosen not to name the accused.