Two Saudi journalists being held in asylum center after being outed as gay

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Two gay journalists from Saudi Arabia are being detained in an asylum centre in Australia as the government of their extremely homophobic homeland outed them as gay and they were forced to escape. The men – who have not been named – believe they were outed by Saudi state security and had their romantic relationship revealed to their families with a help of foreign media. As homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia, the men fled their home country and sought asylum in Australia, but they have been held in a detention center, Reuters reports. The men’s lawyer Alison Battisson said they went through passport control in Australia when they arrived in Australia over a month ago. They were taken to the detention center when they opened up about plans to seek asylum in the country. Battison said that the men could have lived and worked as normal while their asylum application was being processed if they had been allowed to submit a protection application, but instead their fears they ran away from turned reality thousand miles away from home. The men believe that state security told his partner’s family about their sexuality and nature of their relationship in September of this year. They said they would get police and tribal leaders involved, which encouraged the men to flee. The man said that they had been put in a situation where they “had to leave because it got to be too dangerous.”

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