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Humanist speakers should not be discriminated against

Humanist Society speakers should not be discriminated against for political views


MONDAY 23 JULY 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Speakers planning to attend the upcoming International Humanist and Ethical Union conference in early August should be given an assurance that their visa problems are not due to their political views, says the Free Speech Coalition.

Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Dr David Cumin says, "Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway needs to confirm that the views and opinions of the speakers seeking to attend the conference haven't in any way prejudiced their applications for visas, and that the problems are solely related to the normal thresholds applied under immigration law. The response of the Minister to Ms Southern's application is exemplary and a similar approach should be taken to these speakers."

"In general, Freedom of Speech mean that New Zealanders should be allowed to hear this group of speakers. No government official should be allowed to discriminate against any person on the grounds of political opinion."

ENDS

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