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

Tiffany Crossno
Christopher Antonio
Nicki Elkin
Sharon Cooper
Simon Alford
Elizabeth Bird
Alison Molloy
Lauren Jones
Jordan Wood
Kylie Douglas
Leigh Hill
Louise Dolfing
Blaire Findeiss
Aaron Grant
Chris Ross
Adrian Tan
Kay Patterson
Cadell Shalders
Bertel Bulten
Marjorie Quinn
stacey child
Linda Margrie
Tahnee Browne
Wade Edwell
Rory O'Neill
Terri Lipanovic
David James
Sophia Malss
Sarah Lewis
Joshua Carroll-Walden
503 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Tiffany Crossno
    signed 2019-11-19 13:45:24 +1100
  • Christopher Antonio
    signed 2019-11-19 13:29:32 +1100
  • Nicki Elkin
    signed 2019-11-19 12:58:18 +1100
  • Sharon Cooper
    signed 2019-11-19 12:50:48 +1100
  • Simon Alford
    signed 2019-11-19 12:48:14 +1100
  • Elizabeth Bird
    signed 2019-11-19 12:34:11 +1100
  • Alison Molloy
    signed 2019-11-19 12:29:46 +1100
  • Lauren Jones
    signed 2019-11-19 11:34:01 +1100
  • Jordan Wood
    signed 2019-11-19 11:31:55 +1100
  • Kylie Douglas
    signed 2019-11-19 10:13:34 +1100
  • Leigh Hill
    signed 2019-11-19 08:44:55 +1100
  • Louise Dolfing
    signed 2019-11-19 06:59:10 +1100
  • Blaire Findeiss
    signed 2019-11-19 06:05:11 +1100
  • Aaron Grant
    signed 2019-11-19 01:10:51 +1100
  • Chris Ross
    signed 2019-11-19 01:05:52 +1100
  • Adrian Tan
    signed 2019-11-19 00:47:59 +1100
  • Kay Patterson
    signed 2019-11-19 00:41:37 +1100
  • Cadell Shalders
    signed 2019-11-19 00:29:17 +1100
  • Bertel Bulten
    signed 2019-11-18 23:02:56 +1100
  • Marjorie Quinn
    signed 2019-11-18 22:52:23 +1100
  • stacey child
    signed 2019-11-18 21:52:33 +1100
  • Linda Margrie
    signed 2019-11-18 21:36:39 +1100
  • Tahnee Browne
    signed 2019-11-18 21:17:56 +1100
  • Wade Edwell
    signed 2019-11-18 20:46:51 +1100
  • Rory O'Neill
    signed 2019-11-18 20:33:58 +1100
  • Terri Lipanovic
    signed 2019-11-18 20:16:46 +1100
  • David James
    signed 2019-11-18 20:14:35 +1100
  • Sophia Malss
    signed 2019-11-18 20:00:02 +1100
  • Sarah Lewis
    signed 2019-11-18 19:53:55 +1100
  • Joshua Carroll-Walden
    signed 2019-11-18 19:35:09 +1100

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