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

Joel Murray
ray ziesing
Rick Fiedler
Matt McDonell
Cate Read
Martin Daurizio
Bronwyn Green
Elie Ibrahim
Marylou Myles
Patrecia Groenewald
Paul Caleo
Sai W
Ayala Asher
Jessie
Angus McPherson
Marcus Finch
Rebecca Miller
Simon Thomson
Kim Hollamby
Simenon Honoré
Carissa (Tyler) Nicolson
Laura Lee
Tai Chin Woon
Sam Hamilton
Rochelle Sanderson
Abaddon Quinn
Tamara Schroers
Rodney Cruise
Chris Guy
Philamae Gray
503 signatures

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  • Joel Murray
    signed via 2019-11-21 11:00:27 +1100
  • ray ziesing
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  • Rick Fiedler
    signed 2019-11-21 09:39:26 +1100
  • Matt McDonell
    signed 2019-11-21 09:38:32 +1100
  • Cate Read
    signed 2019-11-21 09:12:36 +1100
  • Martin Daurizio
    signed 2019-11-21 08:07:13 +1100
  • Bronwyn Green
    signed 2019-11-20 22:29:36 +1100
  • Elie Ibrahim
    signed 2019-11-20 22:05:59 +1100
  • Marylou Myles
    signed 2019-11-20 17:36:17 +1100
  • Patrecia Groenewald
    signed 2019-11-20 16:57:00 +1100
  • Paul Caleo
    signed 2019-11-20 16:27:29 +1100
  • Sai W
    signed 2019-11-20 16:02:13 +1100
  • Ayala Asher
    signed 2019-11-20 14:03:05 +1100
  • Jessie
    signed 2019-11-20 13:05:24 +1100
  • Angus McPherson
    signed 2019-11-20 12:45:00 +1100
  • Marcus Finch
    signed 2019-11-20 11:08:33 +1100
  • Rebecca Miller
    signed 2019-11-20 08:02:46 +1100
  • Simon Thomson
    signed via 2019-11-20 07:01:44 +1100
  • Kim Hollamby
    signed 2019-11-20 04:43:55 +1100
  • Simenon Honoré
    signed 2019-11-20 00:30:20 +1100
  • Carissa (Tyler) Nicolson
    signed 2019-11-19 21:38:48 +1100
  • Laura Lee
    signed 2019-11-19 21:09:30 +1100
  • Tai Chin Woon
    signed 2019-11-19 20:50:11 +1100
  • Sam Hamilton
    signed 2019-11-19 20:47:24 +1100
  • Rochelle Sanderson
    signed 2019-11-19 19:55:39 +1100
  • Abaddon Quinn
    signed 2019-11-19 19:23:58 +1100
  • Tamara Schroers
    signed 2019-11-19 18:10:13 +1100
  • Rodney Cruise
    signed 2019-11-19 15:20:09 +1100
  • Chris Guy
    signed 2019-11-19 14:05:25 +1100
  • Philamae Gray
    signed 2019-11-19 13:49:27 +1100

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