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

Jeffrey Johnson
Corey Bassingthwaighte-Hatch
Chai Warren
Dean Crozier
Geoffers Harrison
Destiny Rogers
Ragnhild Hannah
Ty Green
Billi R
Christopher Toon
Dianne & Ian Hinton
Al Mlinarević
Joe Ball
Louise Stewart
Bradley Saunderson
Amanda Boyce
John Emmett Valkyrie
Jason Lane
Jacquie Rusha
Chris Le Roux
Nicole Hobson
John Haydon
Zac Bryant
Thomas Jegen
Wes Howard
Thomas Garland
Dominique McGovern
Aileen Clarke
Deborah Lopez-Freeman
Barry Stone
1,610 signatures

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  • Jeffrey Johnson
    signed 2019-12-10 06:22:46 +1100
  • Corey Bassingthwaighte-Hatch
    signed 2019-12-10 05:50:23 +1100
  • Chai Warren
    signed 2019-12-10 05:31:13 +1100
  • Dean Crozier
    signed 2019-12-10 04:41:27 +1100
  • Geoffers Harrison
    signed 2019-12-10 02:03:04 +1100
  • Destiny Rogers
    signed 2019-12-10 00:52:24 +1100
  • Ragnhild Hannah
    signed 2019-12-09 23:21:16 +1100
  • Ty Green
    signed 2019-12-09 23:10:56 +1100
  • Billi R
    signed 2019-12-09 22:29:05 +1100
  • Christopher Toon
    signed 2019-12-09 22:14:54 +1100
  • Dianne & Ian Hinton
    signed 2019-12-09 21:56:13 +1100
  • Al Mlinarević
    signed 2019-12-09 21:49:18 +1100
  • Joe Ball
    signed 2019-12-09 19:56:13 +1100
  • Louise Stewart
    signed 2019-12-09 17:33:46 +1100
  • Bradley Saunderson
    signed 2019-12-09 15:28:37 +1100
  • Amanda Boyce
    signed 2019-12-09 15:02:21 +1100
  • John Emmett Valkyrie
    signed 2019-12-09 14:55:09 +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
  • Nicole Hobson
    signed 2019-12-09 10:23:52 +1100
  • John Haydon
    signed 2019-12-09 09:25:33 +1100
  • Zac Bryant
    signed 2019-12-09 07:50:11 +1100
  • Thomas Jegen
    signed 2019-12-09 00:33:29 +1100
  • Wes Howard
    signed 2019-12-08 19:10:03 +1100
  • Thomas Garland
    signed 2019-12-08 18:13:03 +1100
  • Dominique McGovern
    signed 2019-12-08 10:25:09 +1100
  • Aileen Clarke
    signed 2019-12-08 09:55:30 +1100
  • Deborah Lopez-Freeman
    signed 2019-12-08 07:05:46 +1100
  • Barry Stone
    signed 2019-12-08 01:38:51 +1100

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