Wellington, December 8 The New Zealand government issued a statement on the 8th that it will fully accept all 44 recommendations made by the Royal Independent Investigation Commission after investigating the shooting in Christchurch in the country, and take a series of new measures to strengthen anti-terrorism and strengthen the protection of ethnic minorities. It can prevent similar tragedies from happening again.
According to the statement, the New Zealand government will strengthen the anti-terrorism bill, covering weapons control, monitoring of suspicious funds and network management. At the same time, the government will also establish a Ministry of Ethnic Affairs and a dedicated police department aimed at strengthening communication with ethnic minorities.
In his speech on the same day, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pointed out that there were previous loopholes in the work of gun registration management and government intelligence services, and the relevant departments lacked attention to terrorist acts based on racial hatred and other acts, and should be changed. Ardern said that the government’s intensified counter-terrorism measures to make New Zealand safer.
On March 15, 2019, Australian man Brenton Tarrant broke into two mosques in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand and opened fire, killing 51 people and injuring dozens others. On August 27, 2020, the High Court of Christchurch City awarded Tarrant life imprisonment without parole. This is the most severe judgment in New Zealand history.