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Save LGBT Refugees From Imprisonment

About the Petition

LGBT refugees seeking asylum in Australia are being relocated to Papa New Guinea, where being gay could land them in prison. The Australian government recently announced they will turn away any refugee who doesn’t have a visa without taking sexual orientation into consideration.

The change in refugee policy came in July after Australia saw a sharp incline in asylum-seekers. However, by turning away refugees, they are violating the United Nations Refugee Convention. Currently, Papua New Guinea has no plans to decriminalize homosexuality, and Australia does not intend to pressure the PNG government to change their laws.

Australia needs to protect these refugees; it is one of the few countries in the area that accepts LGBT people. Stand with All Out and urge the Australian government to harbor LGBT refugees seeking asylum.

Photo Credit: Daniel Munoz

To: Australian Government

You need to grant asylum to all immigrants arriving on boat — the lives of LGBT refugees are at risk.

As your government grows more accepting of LGBT people and same-sex marriage, you need to stand against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. By sending all refugees to Papua New Guinea, you are violating the UN’s Refugee Convention: you have to look after asylum seekers that come to your shores.

PNG is not safe for those LGBT refugees coming to you for help. I support All Out in asking you to process all asylum claims in Australia.

Sincerely,
[Your name here]

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