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

Janet Massey
Marianne Parry
Philip Stokes
John Lang
Sue Gilbert
Shay B
steve. Williams
Kyle Goldfinch
Ruth Callander
William Rutkin  OAM
Bernard Gregory
Roy Edmund Antaw
Eric Riddler
Julia Blackham
Thomas Stansfield
Bronwyn Reed
Kathy Gaul
John Walker
Philip Henderson
Romi Scodellaro
Lee Arthur
Steven Aquilina
Dominic Durrant
Lucy Solonsch
Cameron Cutts
Jennifer Burger
Shane McMinn
Leon Harrison
darren new
Angela Dwyer
1,418 signatures

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  • Janet Massey
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  • Marianne Parry
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  • Philip Stokes
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  • John Lang
    signed 2019-11-17 06:58:09 +1100
  • Sue Gilbert
    signed 2019-11-17 06:57:31 +1100
  • Shay B
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  • steve. Williams
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  • Kyle Goldfinch
    signed 2019-11-17 06:44:22 +1100
  • Ruth Callander
    signed 2019-11-17 06:43:16 +1100
  • William Rutkin  OAM
    signed 2019-11-17 06:41:53 +1100
  • Bernard Gregory
    signed 2019-11-17 06:32:24 +1100
  • Roy Edmund Antaw
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  • Eric Riddler
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  • Julia Blackham
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  • Thomas Stansfield
    signed 2019-11-17 06:16:40 +1100
  • Bronwyn Reed
    signed via 2019-11-17 06:10:43 +1100
  • Kathy Gaul
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  • John Walker
    signed 2019-11-17 05:45:12 +1100
  • Philip Henderson
    signed via 2019-11-17 05:41:38 +1100
  • Romi Scodellaro
    signed 2019-11-17 05:36:15 +1100
  • Lee Arthur
    signed 2019-11-17 04:50:43 +1100
  • Steven Aquilina
    signed 2019-11-17 04:27:31 +1100
  • Dominic Durrant
    signed 2019-11-17 04:11:49 +1100
  • Lucy Solonsch
    signed 2019-11-17 03:50:52 +1100
  • Cameron Cutts
    signed 2019-11-17 03:15:17 +1100
  • Jennifer Burger
    signed 2019-11-17 02:13:52 +1100
  • Shane McMinn
    signed 2019-11-17 01:43:12 +1100
  • Leon Harrison
    signed via 2019-11-17 01:35:58 +1100
  • darren new
    signed via 2019-11-17 01:12:41 +1100
  • Angela Dwyer
    signed 2019-11-17 00:59:06 +1100

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