Iran crisis demands action from Government

Australia’s Iranian community is growing frustrated at the lack of action by the Australian Government as women and girls continue to be killed by Iranian authorities.

While other nations including the US, Canada, Germany, France and the EU are already moving to hold those responsible for the atrocities accountable, Australia’s Government is yet to announce any action.

Since Mahsa Amini’s death following her violent arrest for having uncovered hair, hundreds more Iranians have been killed by authorities, including more young women and girls who have been shot or beaten to death. While this happens, the Australian Government continues to share membership of the UN Commission on the Status of Women with Iran.

It is inexplicable that the Australian Government has not yet even agreed to work towards the removal of Iran from the Commission on the Status of Women. Nor has the Government expressed any intent to take any other diplomatic or administrative measures called for by the local Iranian community.

With the women and girls of Iran continuing to show enormous bravery and our international partners moving to hold Iran accountable, it is time for the Australian Government to make clear what specific actions and sanctions it is considering against Iranian authorities.