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

Karen Gunton
Alyce Vowell
Helen Verhoeff
Celia Karpfen
Simon Carroll
Adrian Grayson
Alan Fry
Bob Merrick
Jitka Donnelly
Sue Pitman
Dermot Foley
Gregory Storer
Max Fleming
Sean Brookes
Peter Hackney
Madeline Clift
Sivan Barak
Mark DeGaris
Danielle Ware
Phil Lau
Pakapat Thipayaprapai
Andrew Obst
Nicholas Goodes
Sue Skinner
Dawn Benes
Nick Jensen
Craig de Vos
Stewart Cooper
Angela Scaturro
Erin Sullivan
1,418 signatures

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  • Karen Gunton
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:51:05 +1100
  • Alyce Vowell
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  • Helen Verhoeff
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  • Celia Karpfen
    signed 2019-11-16 21:48:19 +1100
  • Simon Carroll
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:47:39 +1100
  • Adrian Grayson
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:45:10 +1100
  • Alan Fry
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  • Bob Merrick
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  • Jitka Donnelly
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:37:41 +1100
  • Sue Pitman
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  • Dermot Foley
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  • Gregory Storer
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  • Max Fleming
    signed 2019-11-16 21:32:17 +1100
  • Sean Brookes
    signed 2019-11-16 21:30:23 +1100
  • Peter Hackney
    signed 2019-11-16 21:30:16 +1100
  • Madeline Clift
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:30:15 +1100
  • Sivan Barak
    signed 2019-11-16 21:28:45 +1100
  • Mark DeGaris
    signed 2019-11-16 21:28:29 +1100
  • Danielle Ware
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:26:44 +1100
  • Phil Lau
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:22:43 +1100
  • Pakapat Thipayaprapai
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:20:39 +1100
  • Andrew Obst
    signed 2019-11-16 21:19:36 +1100
  • Nicholas Goodes
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:19:01 +1100
  • Sue Skinner
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:16:13 +1100
  • Dawn Benes
    signed 2019-11-16 21:15:29 +1100
  • Nick Jensen
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:15:15 +1100
  • Craig de Vos
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:13:55 +1100
  • Stewart Cooper
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:13:10 +1100
  • Angela Scaturro
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:12:57 +1100
  • Erin Sullivan
    signed via 2019-11-16 21:12:45 +1100

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