The Helen Suzman Foundation has expressed its support for Health Minister Barbara Hogan’s “principled stance” on the Dalai Lama.
In a press statement, the foundation points out that, “The notion of a minister having a different view from Cabinet on a matter is not unprecedented nor is it unacceptable for that opinion to be voiced publicly.”
“Any censure or other steps that may be taken against Hogan will be deeply unfortunate,” says the foundation.
Hogan provoked the ire of the government by saying its denial of a visa to the Tibetan leader under Chinese pressure showed it is dismissive of human rights, and urging it to apologise.
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