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

Jon Lock
Imran Shahid
Susan Belluzzo
Sharon Cooper
Simon Alford
Camdice Burns
biranavan srikumar
Lisa Henry
Lisa Nuske
Pierce Hartnett
Martin Robertson
Ian Coke
Elizabeth Bird
Tracie Harrington
Prithvi Sanil
Benjamin Murphy
Alison Molloy
Steph Whitmont
Robert Fleming
Lee Mears
Patricia MacKinnon
Denise Steele
Lauren Jones
Jordan Wood
Brett Dias
Renae Hutchinson
Nicole Hobson
Roger Lovell
John Bagrie
Kylie Douglas
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  • Jon Lock
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  • Imran Shahid
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  • Susan Belluzzo
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  • Sharon Cooper
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  • Simon Alford
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  • Camdice Burns
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  • biranavan srikumar
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  • Lisa Henry
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  • Lisa Nuske
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  • Pierce Hartnett
    signed 2019-11-19 12:37:45 +1100
  • Martin Robertson
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  • Ian Coke
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  • Elizabeth Bird
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  • Tracie Harrington
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  • Prithvi Sanil
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  • Benjamin Murphy
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  • Alison Molloy
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  • Steph Whitmont
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  • Robert Fleming
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  • Lee Mears
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  • Patricia MacKinnon
    signed 2019-11-19 12:13:02 +1100
  • Denise Steele
    signed via 2019-11-19 12:11:53 +1100
  • Lauren Jones
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  • Jordan Wood
    signed 2019-11-19 11:31:55 +1100
  • Brett Dias
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  • Renae Hutchinson
    signed 2019-11-19 11:11:32 +1100
  • Nicole Hobson
    signed via 2019-11-19 10:59:13 +1100
  • Roger Lovell
    signed 2019-11-19 10:43:27 +1100
  • John Bagrie
    signed 2019-11-19 10:28:47 +1100
  • Kylie Douglas
    signed 2019-11-19 10:13:34 +1100

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