GAY SAUDI ARABIAN JOURNALISTS SPEAK OUT WHILE DETAINED IN AUSTRALIA

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11/18/2019

Two gay Saudi Arabian journalists detained in Australia while attempting to seek asylum have spoken out about their ordeal, labelling their treatment “unconscionable”. Last week, The Guardian reported the pair fled their home country after political harassment and threats of being publicly outed. When they arrived in Australia, they were searched, handcuffed and taken to a detention centre. “We ran away from being detained arbitrarily and jailed for no reason, only to arrive in Australia and find ourselves in jail here,” one of the men, called Sultan, said. Speaking to The Project on Sunday, he said they were initially “elated” to have made it to Australia but now fear being sent back to Saudi Arabia to face imprisonment or death. “If we were to go back to Saudi Arabia, we would get immediately picked up and thrown into a prison, and possibly made to disappear,” Sultan said. “If I had any idea this was going to happen to us, we would have gone to another country. This is just unfathomable. It’s unconscionable what Australia has done to innocent people.”

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