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

Rebecca Davis
Karinda Archbold
Daniel Lancefield
Christie J
Zilla Khan
Kasey Culkin
Deliah Cassidy
Ares James Constantinides
Christina Hotka
Narelle Blakeley
Katie Howes
Sarah McConnell
Kylie Johnson
Helen Vice
Emma Jacobson
Peregrine Griffiths
Peter Emmett
Bree Dentice
Peter Hartley
Jeremy Leeson
Philip Kettle
Josephine Braithwaite
Bradley Dawson
Lauren Peyper
Jess Comerford
Jess Lee
Ryan Aun
Michaela Hills
David Moore
Aston Knudsen
503 signatures

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  • Rebecca Davis
    signed 2019-12-07 07:21:51 +1100
  • Karinda Archbold
    signed 2019-12-07 06:55:58 +1100
  • Daniel Lancefield
    signed 2019-12-07 02:32:48 +1100
  • Christie J
    signed 2019-12-07 01:17:26 +1100
  • Zilla Khan
    signed 2019-12-07 00:41:37 +1100
  • Kasey Culkin
    signed 2019-12-06 23:22:15 +1100
  • Deliah Cassidy
    signed 2019-12-06 23:09:31 +1100
  • Ares James Constantinides
    signed 2019-12-06 22:30:44 +1100
  • Christina Hotka
    signed 2019-12-06 21:27:01 +1100
  • Narelle Blakeley
    signed 2019-12-06 21:06:00 +1100
  • Katie Howes
    signed 2019-12-06 21:01:54 +1100
  • Sarah McConnell
    signed 2019-12-06 20:06:01 +1100
  • Kylie Johnson
    signed 2019-12-06 18:16:22 +1100
  • Helen Vice
    signed 2019-12-06 17:47:19 +1100
  • Emma Jacobson
    signed 2019-12-06 17:20:21 +1100
  • Peregrine Griffiths
    signed 2019-12-06 16:31:47 +1100
  • Peter Emmett
    signed 2019-12-06 16:29:02 +1100
  • Bree Dentice
    signed 2019-12-06 16:18:08 +1100
  • Peter Hartley
    signed 2019-12-06 14:47:11 +1100
  • Jeremy Leeson
    signed 2019-12-06 14:34:33 +1100
  • Philip Kettle
    signed 2019-12-06 14:20:08 +1100
  • Josephine Braithwaite
    signed 2019-12-06 14:12:56 +1100
  • Bradley Dawson
    signed 2019-12-06 14:02:36 +1100
  • Lauren Peyper
    signed 2019-12-06 13:54:38 +1100
  • Jess Comerford
    signed 2019-12-06 13:47:07 +1100
  • Jess Lee
    signed 2019-12-06 13:34:28 +1100
  • Ryan Aun
    signed 2019-12-06 13:33:09 +1100
  • Michaela Hills
    signed 2019-12-06 13:19:25 +1100
  • David Moore
    signed 2019-12-06 13:00:47 +1100
  • Aston Knudsen
    signed 2019-12-06 12:50:26 +1100

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