Australia condemns violent crackdown in Iran

  • Senator the Hon Katy Gallagher, Minister for Finance, Minister for the Public Service, Minister for Women

    The Australian Government condemns the deadly and disproportionate use of force against protesters in Iran, following the tragic death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini.

    We have raised concerns into the circumstances surrounding her death in custody with the Iranian Embassy in Canberra.

    Australia supports calls led by the Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for a prompt, impartial investigation into Ms Amini’s death by an independent body, which ensures her family has access to truth and justice, with those responsible held to account.

    We are alarmed by reports that dozens of people have been killed and many more injured, including teenagers, during heavy-handed measures Iranian authorities have implemented to crack-down on ongoing protests.

    Australia supports the right of the Iranian people to protest peacefully and calls on the Iranian authorities to exercise restraint in response to ongoing demonstrations.

    Reports of internet restrictions are also deeply troubling and suggest an effort to stifle freedom of expression.

    Australia regularly raises Iran’s significant discrimination against women and human rights violations with officials in both Tehran and Canberra, as well as in multilateral fora.

    Australia stands with Iranian women and girls in their struggle for equality and empowerment, and we call on Iran to cease its oppression of women.

    Australia is committed to promoting gender equality and women’s human rights, empowerment and ending violence against women and girls worldwide.

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