Free The Gay Journalists

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It is reported that a gay Saudi couple have been detained and treated like criminals after seeking asylum in Australia.

The men allege that while in detention here in Australia they have been subject to threats of violence from other detainees and intimidated by guards.

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, one of the men said: “We ran away from being detained arbitrarily and gaoled for no reason, only to arrive in Australia and find ourselves in gaol here.”

Australia must do better in providing respect and protection for those who seek our help. We're calling on the Immigration Minister, David Coleman, to immediately grant bridging visas and release these men from custody. They are not criminals, nor are they a threat to society. 

Petition Text:

We are calling on Immigration Minister, David Coleman, to immediately grant bridging visas to a gay Saudi couple who have sought asylum in Australia.

It is not right that this couple has been detained for several weeks after fleeing Saudi Arabia following political harassment and threats of being publicly outed by authorities.

Saudi Arabia still applies the death penalty to homosexuality and they should not be imprisoned for seeking asylum in Australia.

It is not unlawful to seek asylum in Australia and the couple should be released into the community on bridging visas until their claim can be assessed.

The Morrison Government needs to understand that anti-LGBTI prejudice in some parts of the world is extreme and life threatening.

Corporal and capital punishment still apply in several Islamic nations including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Indonesia, and there is growing hostility and violence against LGBTI people in Russia, Georgia, Chechnya, the Ukraine, Poland and several African nations including Nigeria and Uganda among others.

Australia must be a safe refuge for people fleeing persecution, including anti-LGBTI hated and violence.

This must also include a fair, efficient  and unbiased and respectful process for dealing with claims of asylum on the basis of sexuality or gender identity.

It is unacceptable that LGBTI people escaping threats and detention overseas then suffer the same fate in Australia.

All they are asking for is that their claims are taken seriously and that the Australian ethos of a ‘fair go’ is applied to them like everyone else.

Minister Coleman, release these men.

Who's signing

Lyn Cox
Lisa Wilson
Bernard Gardiner
Craig Ramke
David Schultz
Dean Elyjah
Jack Turnbull
Susan Williams
David Hine
Carina Teike
Anna Marcon
thomas wylie
John Reid
Daniel Curran
Richard Kennedy
Glen Hourigan
Judith Latham
Jennifee Carman
Jude Abbs
Tony Freakley
Mark Tarrant
Dennis Basham
Stephen Leahy
mattia tabacchi
Ashley Uren
Jeff Herd
Laura Esperanza
Keery Bailey
Glenn Domin
Dorothy Griffith
1,612 signatures

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  • Lyn Cox
    signed 2019-12-10 17:30:00 +1100
  • Lisa Wilson
    signed 2019-12-10 17:24:44 +1100
  • Bernard Gardiner
    signed 2019-12-10 15:41:05 +1100
  • Craig Ramke
    signed 2019-12-10 15:35:22 +1100
  • David Schultz
    signed 2019-12-10 15:34:52 +1100
  • Dean Elyjah
    signed 2019-12-10 15:31:38 +1100
  • Jack Turnbull
    signed 2019-12-10 13:40:33 +1100
  • Susan Williams
    signed 2019-12-10 12:40:43 +1100
  • David Hine
    signed 2019-12-10 11:16:33 +1100
  • Carina Teike
    signed 2019-12-10 11:09:41 +1100
  • Anna Marcon
    signed 2019-12-10 10:51:14 +1100
  • thomas wylie
    signed 2019-12-10 10:50:52 +1100
  • John Reid
    signed 2019-12-10 10:41:28 +1100
  • Daniel Curran
    signed 2019-12-10 10:30:40 +1100
  • Richard Kennedy
    signed 2019-12-10 10:13:34 +1100
  • Glen Hourigan
    signed 2019-12-10 09:35:02 +1100
  • Judith Latham
    signed 2019-12-10 09:30:10 +1100
  • Jennifee Carman
    signed 2019-12-10 09:16:32 +1100
  • Jude Abbs
    signed 2019-12-10 09:15:17 +1100
  • Tony Freakley
    signed 2019-12-10 08:43:40 +1100
  • Mark Tarrant
    signed 2019-12-10 08:16:52 +1100
  • Dennis Basham
    signed 2019-12-10 08:14:11 +1100
  • Stephen Leahy
    signed 2019-12-10 08:01:58 +1100
  • mattia tabacchi
    signed 2019-12-10 07:50:23 +1100
  • Ashley Uren
    signed 2019-12-10 07:34:43 +1100
  • Jeff Herd
    signed 2019-12-10 07:34:19 +1100
  • Laura Esperanza
    signed 2019-12-10 07:32:15 +1100
  • Keery Bailey
    signed 2019-12-10 06:56:19 +1100
  • Glenn Domin
    signed 2019-12-10 06:55:49 +1100
  • Dorothy Griffith
    signed 2019-12-10 06:52:58 +1100

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