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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

Isabelle Lane
Deborah Hoad
Rick Fiedler
Rodney Cruise
Adrian Tan
Killian Ashe
Ray Ziesing
Evelyn Gray
Alex Dick
David Walton
Adam Merckel
Russell Nankervis
Mark DeGaris
James Moloney
Michael Barnett
Sharyn Faulkner
Rosalind Spencer
Rodney Croome
Ivan Hinton-Teoh
22 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Isabelle Lane
    signed 2020-01-18 17:14:00 +1100
  • Deborah Hoad
    signed 2019-11-22 18:16:11 +1100
  • Rick Fiedler
    signed 2019-11-21 09:39:26 +1100
  • Rodney Cruise
    signed 2019-11-19 15:20:09 +1100
  • Adrian Tan
    signed 2019-11-19 00:47:59 +1100
  • Killian Ashe
    signed 2019-11-18 15:09:33 +1100
  • Ray Ziesing
    signed 2019-11-18 08:53:25 +1100
  • Evelyn Gray
    signed 2019-11-18 03:41:03 +1100
  • Alex Dick
    signed 2019-11-17 17:35:22 +1100
  • David Walton
    signed 2019-11-17 14:26:32 +1100
  • Adam Merckel
    signed 2019-11-17 11:39:50 +1100
  • Russell Nankervis
    signed 2019-11-16 23:14:44 +1100
  • Mark DeGaris
    signed 2019-11-16 21:28:29 +1100
  • James Moloney
    signed 2019-11-16 19:34:40 +1100
  • Michael Barnett
    signed 2019-11-16 19:07:38 +1100
  • Sharyn Faulkner
    signed 2019-11-16 17:16:42 +1100
  • Rosalind Spencer
    signed 2019-11-16 17:12:19 +1100
  • Rodney Croome
    signed 2019-11-16 16:32:14 +1100
  • Ivan Hinton-Teoh
    signed 2019-11-16 16:22:51 +1100

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