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

Lyn Cox
David Schultz
Dean Elyjah
Jack Turnbull
Carina Teike
thomas wylie
John Reid
Daniel Curran
Glen Hourigan
Jennifee Carman
Ashley Uren
Jeff Herd
Glenn Domin
Chai Warren
Billi R
Christopher Toon
Al Mlinarević
Amanda Boyce
Jason Lane
Jacquie Rusha
Chris Le Roux
Deborah Lopez-Freeman
Zack McIntyre
Nathalie Pearl
Alex Campbell-Smith
Elizabeth Marshall
Caitlin Cassidy
Kira Godoroja-Prieckaerts
Sam Moon
Mike Delany
503 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Lyn Cox
    signed 2019-12-10 17:30:00 +1100
  • David Schultz
    signed 2019-12-10 15:34:52 +1100
  • Dean Elyjah
    signed 2019-12-10 15:31:38 +1100
  • Jack Turnbull
    signed 2019-12-10 13:40:33 +1100
  • Carina Teike
    signed 2019-12-10 11:09:41 +1100
  • thomas wylie
    signed 2019-12-10 10:50:52 +1100
  • John Reid
    signed 2019-12-10 10:41:28 +1100
  • Daniel Curran
    signed 2019-12-10 10:30:40 +1100
  • Glen Hourigan
    signed 2019-12-10 09:35:02 +1100
  • Jennifee Carman
    signed 2019-12-10 09:16:32 +1100
  • Ashley Uren
    signed 2019-12-10 07:34:43 +1100
  • Jeff Herd
    signed 2019-12-10 07:34:19 +1100
  • Glenn Domin
    signed 2019-12-10 06:55:49 +1100
  • Chai Warren
    signed 2019-12-10 05:31:13 +1100
  • Billi R
    signed 2019-12-09 22:29:05 +1100
  • Christopher Toon
    signed 2019-12-09 22:14:54 +1100
  • Al Mlinarević
    signed 2019-12-09 21:49:18 +1100
  • Amanda Boyce
    signed 2019-12-09 15:02:21 +1100
  • Jason Lane
    signed 2019-12-09 12:53:36 +1100
  • Jacquie Rusha
    signed 2019-12-09 12:24:53 +1100
  • Chris Le Roux
    signed 2019-12-09 11:57:17 +1100
  • Deborah Lopez-Freeman
    signed 2019-12-08 07:05:46 +1100
  • Zack McIntyre
    signed 2019-12-07 22:13:26 +1100
  • Nathalie Pearl
    signed 2019-12-07 17:40:19 +1100
  • Alex Campbell-Smith
    signed 2019-12-07 16:40:12 +1100
  • Elizabeth Marshall
    signed 2019-12-07 11:47:47 +1100
  • Caitlin Cassidy
    signed via 2019-12-07 09:42:00 +1100
  • Kira Godoroja-Prieckaerts
    signed 2019-12-07 08:50:32 +1100
  • Sam Moon
    signed 2019-12-07 08:28:09 +1100
  • Mike Delany
    signed 2019-12-07 07:32:08 +1100

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