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

Michelle Vine
Ann Parker
Rene Aalbers
Jamie Cole
Aaron Doyle
Jennifer Cram
Anthony Alexander
Craig Jones
Chel Blackburn
Karen Daly
Steve Turner
Tony Cook
Darren Otten
Yvette Crozier
Mark Grace
Benjamin Tan
Yasmin G
Emma Biffin
Brian Woodhouse
Andrew Clarke
Sharon Dane
Martin Scott
Helen Lux-Bridges
Hunter Gray
Bella Black
Shane Stace
Shipra R
Anna Setaro
Tex McKenzie
Jyai Allen
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  • Michelle Vine
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  • Ann Parker
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  • Rene Aalbers
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  • Jamie Cole
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  • Aaron Doyle
    signed 2019-11-17 08:31:37 +1100
  • Jennifer Cram
    signed 2019-11-17 08:30:28 +1100
  • Anthony Alexander
    signed 2019-11-17 08:26:14 +1100
  • Craig Jones
    signed 2019-11-17 08:25:08 +1100
  • Chel Blackburn
    signed 2019-11-17 08:24:48 +1100
  • Karen Daly
    signed 2019-11-17 08:24:45 +1100
  • Steve Turner
    signed 2019-11-17 08:21:00 +1100
  • Tony Cook
    signed 2019-11-17 08:19:06 +1100
  • Darren Otten
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  • Yvette Crozier
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  • Mark Grace
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  • Benjamin Tan
    signed 2019-11-17 08:10:53 +1100
  • Yasmin G
    signed 2019-11-17 08:10:39 +1100
  • Emma Biffin
    signed 2019-11-17 08:09:40 +1100
  • Brian Woodhouse
    signed 2019-11-17 08:09:07 +1100
  • Andrew Clarke
    signed 2019-11-17 08:07:22 +1100
  • Sharon Dane
    signed 2019-11-17 08:01:31 +1100
  • Martin Scott
    signed 2019-11-17 07:58:58 +1100
  • Helen Lux-Bridges
    signed 2019-11-17 07:50:04 +1100
  • Hunter Gray
    signed 2019-11-17 07:45:31 +1100
  • Bella Black
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  • Shane Stace
    signed 2019-11-17 07:36:33 +1100
  • Shipra R
    signed 2019-11-17 07:28:23 +1100
  • Anna Setaro
    signed via 2019-11-17 07:24:49 +1100
  • Tex McKenzie
    signed 2019-11-17 07:23:06 +1100
  • Jyai Allen
    signed 2019-11-17 07:19:54 +1100

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