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

David Ong
Olivia O’Shannessy
Phil Zachariah
Robert Whitworth-Guy
Daniel Price
Rindi Salomon
Sarah Newman
Olwen Steel
Aaron Myers
Jemena Mooney
Martin Draper
Sgaron deWacht
Cathryn Dare
Laura Turner
Kay Taylor
Deb Batterham
Victoria Bismire
David Laws
Aimee Allan
Cliff Ings
John McPherson
Scott Kirkaldy
Kim Jeffery
Brent Gray
Paul Altmann
Caitlin Syme
Peter Power-Lawrence
Ben Pokidin
Judith Hawes
Carol Wakely
503 signatures

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  • David Ong
    signed 2019-11-18 11:12:38 +1100
  • Olivia O’Shannessy
    signed 2019-11-18 11:10:30 +1100
  • Phil Zachariah
    signed 2019-11-18 11:00:45 +1100
  • Robert Whitworth-Guy
    signed via 2019-11-18 10:50:12 +1100
  • Daniel Price
    signed 2019-11-18 10:41:58 +1100
  • Rindi Salomon
    signed 2019-11-18 10:38:22 +1100
  • Sarah Newman
    signed 2019-11-18 10:23:12 +1100
  • Olwen Steel
    signed 2019-11-18 10:15:25 +1100
  • Aaron Myers
    signed 2019-11-18 09:59:43 +1100
  • Jemena Mooney
    signed 2019-11-18 09:52:56 +1100
  • Martin Draper
    signed 2019-11-18 09:49:03 +1100
  • Sgaron deWacht
    signed 2019-11-18 09:45:15 +1100
  • Cathryn Dare
    signed 2019-11-18 09:38:17 +1100
  • Laura Turner
    signed 2019-11-18 09:20:20 +1100
  • Kay Taylor
    signed 2019-11-18 09:06:22 +1100
  • Deb Batterham
    signed 2019-11-18 09:06:06 +1100
  • Victoria Bismire
    signed 2019-11-18 08:53:57 +1100
  • David Laws
    signed 2019-11-18 08:53:25 +1100
  • Aimee Allan
    signed 2019-11-18 08:52:28 +1100
  • Cliff Ings
    signed 2019-11-18 08:42:28 +1100
  • John McPherson
    signed 2019-11-18 08:42:27 +1100
  • Scott Kirkaldy
    signed 2019-11-18 08:39:59 +1100
  • Kim Jeffery
    signed 2019-11-18 08:35:38 +1100
  • Brent Gray
    signed 2019-11-18 08:32:53 +1100
  • Paul Altmann
    signed 2019-11-18 08:32:38 +1100
  • Caitlin Syme
    signed 2019-11-18 08:23:36 +1100
  • Peter Power-Lawrence
    signed 2019-11-18 08:20:54 +1100
  • Ben Pokidin
    signed 2019-11-18 08:00:19 +1100
  • Judith Hawes
    signed 2019-11-18 07:47:53 +1100
  • Carol Wakely
    signed 2019-11-18 07:44:20 +1100

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