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

Bettina leGras
Simon Maynard
Sherezade Patel
Iain Sharp
Johann de Boer
Alice Berkeley
Paul Kelly
Andrew Horne
Ian Heath
Shinen Wong
Samuel Macgeorge
Jillian Scanlon
Ryan Kincade
Nabila M
Duncan Johnson
Reece Dohse
Travis Coleman
Joe Rouse
Ervin Tankiang
Anthea Vogl
Lesley Dimmock
Steven Illes
Allan Turner
Caleb Kleinig
Chris Eales
Phillip Dalton
Blake Tucker
Patrizia Corradini
Dan Gregg
Justin Mothersole
1,612 signatures

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  • Bettina leGras
    signed 2019-12-15 17:02:26 +1100
  • Simon Maynard
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  • Sherezade Patel
    signed 2019-12-15 12:58:45 +1100
  • Iain Sharp
    signed 2019-12-15 04:54:27 +1100
  • Johann de Boer
    signed via 2019-12-14 17:52:02 +1100
  • Alice Berkeley
    signed 2019-12-14 17:08:25 +1100
  • Paul Kelly
    signed via 2019-12-14 16:49:41 +1100
  • Andrew Horne
    signed via 2019-12-14 12:04:30 +1100
  • Ian Heath
    signed 2019-12-14 11:12:38 +1100
  • Shinen Wong
    signed 2019-12-14 10:50:47 +1100
  • Samuel Macgeorge
    signed 2019-12-14 10:13:35 +1100
  • Jillian Scanlon
    signed 2019-12-14 10:03:46 +1100
  • Ryan Kincade
    signed via 2019-12-14 09:51:20 +1100
  • Nabila M
    signed 2019-12-14 09:50:16 +1100
  • Duncan Johnson
    signed 2019-12-14 09:40:40 +1100
  • Reece Dohse
    signed via 2019-12-14 01:23:59 +1100
  • Travis Coleman
    signed via 2019-12-14 00:45:32 +1100
  • Joe Rouse
    signed via 2019-12-13 23:34:46 +1100
  • Ervin Tankiang
    signed via 2019-12-13 19:41:32 +1100
  • Anthea Vogl
    signed 2019-12-13 16:27:50 +1100
  • Lesley Dimmock
    signed 2019-12-13 15:43:14 +1100
  • Steven Illes
    signed via 2019-12-13 15:03:08 +1100
  • Allan Turner
    signed 2019-12-13 13:20:31 +1100
  • Caleb Kleinig
    signed via 2019-12-13 13:06:04 +1100
  • Chris Eales
    signed via 2019-12-13 12:34:26 +1100
  • Phillip Dalton
    signed via 2019-12-13 11:30:14 +1100
  • Blake Tucker
    signed via 2019-12-13 10:58:37 +1100
  • Patrizia Corradini
    signed via 2019-12-13 10:56:55 +1100
  • Dan Gregg
    signed 2019-12-13 10:50:14 +1100
  • Justin Mothersole
    signed 2019-12-12 22:32:48 +1100

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