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

Joseph Gallo
Sebastian Walach
Shona MacLeod
Amanda Fenlon
Raelene Cherry
Rachael Cooney
Jack Davey
jonathan spicer
Graham Grundy
Jemima Strambini
Simon Milner
Lisa McDonald
Philip Woods
Kylie Wooderson
Douglas McFarland
Suzanne Given
Deborah Hoad
Jess Mccall
Richard Bennett
Tricia Reade
Gabriel Tavares
Dario Bongiovanni
Valter Narminio
Maddy Howie
Wendy Oakley
Randall Speechley
Catherine Wilson
Denice Hamid
Carlos Munoz
Salvin Kumar
503 signatures

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  • Joseph Gallo
    signed 2019-12-06 12:35:42 +1100
  • Sebastian Walach
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  • Shona MacLeod
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  • Amanda Fenlon
    signed 2019-12-06 11:52:30 +1100
  • Raelene Cherry
    signed 2019-12-06 11:43:26 +1100
  • Rachael Cooney
    signed 2019-12-06 11:28:06 +1100
  • Jack Davey
    signed 2019-12-06 11:26:23 +1100
  • jonathan spicer
    signed 2019-12-06 11:20:53 +1100
  • Graham Grundy
    signed 2019-12-06 11:15:21 +1100
  • Jemima Strambini
    signed 2019-12-06 11:09:41 +1100
  • Simon Milner
    signed 2019-12-06 11:07:44 +1100
  • Lisa McDonald
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  • Philip Woods
    signed 2019-11-26 13:59:06 +1100
  • Kylie Wooderson
    signed 2019-11-25 00:06:50 +1100
  • Douglas McFarland
    signed 2019-11-24 14:18:26 +1100
  • Suzanne Given
    signed via 2019-11-22 18:28:42 +1100
  • Deborah Hoad
    signed 2019-11-22 18:16:11 +1100
  • Jess Mccall
    signed 2019-11-22 15:08:22 +1100
  • Richard Bennett
    signed 2019-11-22 14:44:25 +1100
  • Tricia Reade
    signed 2019-11-22 13:25:55 +1100
  • Gabriel Tavares
    signed 2019-11-22 11:14:33 +1100
  • Dario Bongiovanni
    signed 2019-11-22 11:08:20 +1100
  • Valter Narminio
    signed 2019-11-22 10:49:01 +1100
  • Maddy Howie
    signed 2019-11-22 08:27:20 +1100
  • Wendy Oakley
    signed 2019-11-22 06:28:11 +1100
  • Randall Speechley
    signed 2019-11-21 22:10:56 +1100
  • Catherine Wilson
    signed 2019-11-21 15:41:31 +1100
  • Denice Hamid
    signed 2019-11-21 13:25:35 +1100
  • Carlos Munoz
    signed 2019-11-21 12:29:14 +1100
  • Salvin Kumar
    signed 2019-11-21 12:15:06 +1100

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