Three Australians detained in Iran
In a statement sent to CNN Wednesday, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said it was providing consular assistance to the families of three Australians detained in Iran. DFAT would not comment further on the three cases due to privacy reasons, and would not confirm whether the cases were related.
According to a report by Australian state broadcaster ABC, one of the three is a British-Australian woman who has been behind bars for almost a year. The other two are a couple — a British-Australian woman and her Australian boyfriend — who were arrested in the past few months.
The arrests come amid tensions between Iran and United States and its allies, including Australia. Since the decision by US President Donald Trump in 2018 to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, Washington has attempted to use what it calls “maximum pressure” to change Iran’s behavior and limit its nuclear ambitions.
Earlier this year, tensions between the US and Iran soared to levels that prompted fears of a war. Oil prices jumped as investors feared that attacks on oil tankers risked a disruption of shipments in the Strait of Hormuz, which passes by Iran and is the most important place on the planet to the global supply of oil.
Last month, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the country’s defense force would work alongside the US and the United Kingdom on a maritime security mission in the Strait of Hormuz.
On Wednesday, a DFAT spokesperson urged Australian citizens and holders of dual nationality with Australia who are traveling to or through Iran to follow the government’s latest travel advice.
Australia’s latest travel advice for Iran is to “reconsider your need to travel,” due to “the risk that foreigners, including Australians, could be arbitrarily detained or arrested,” according to the Smartraveller website which was updated on Monday.
Citing recent military tensions, the government also warns travelers to stay away from military or nuclear sites which are not always clearly marked. Border areas with Afghanistan and Iraq are under the highest “do not travel” advisory.
Iran Briefing | News Press Focus on Human Rights Violation by IRGC, Iran Human Rights
Sep 19, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Vows to Slap New Sanctions on Iran
Sep 19, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi Arabia shows ‘material evidence’ of Iranian involvement in oil attacks
Sep 18, 2019 Comments Off on Iran imprisons bookshop owner for selling Bible as crackdown on Christianity continues
Sep 18, 2019 Comments Off on Iran charges three detained Australians with spying
Sep 12, 2019 Comments Off on Trump warns Iran on uranium enrichment, but open to lifting sanctions
Aug 28, 2019 Comments Off on IDF names Iranian general as mastermind of thwarted drone attack plot
Aug 27, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. Warns Iran’s Regime After ‘Threats’ Against US Citizen
Aug 27, 2019 Comments Off on ‘Israeli strikes’ target Palestinian group in Lebanon
Sep 19, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Vows to Slap New Sanctions on IranTrump Vows to Slap New Sanctions on Iran Trump Vows to Slap New Sanctions on Iran The Trump administration plans new sanctions for Iran after the Saudi oil attack, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces...
Sep 19, 2019 Comments Off on Saudi Arabia shows ‘material evidence’ of Iranian involvement in oil attacksSaudi Arabia shows ‘material evidence’ of Iranian involvement in oil attacks Saudi Arabia shows ‘material evidence’ of Iranian involvement in oil attacks Saudi Arabia said it would show evidence...
Mar 27, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. sanctions firms accused of helping fund Iran’s Revolutionary GuardsU.S. sanctions firms accused of helping fund Iran’s Revolutionary Guards U.S. sanctions firms accused of helping fund Iran’s Revolutionary Guards The United States on Tuesday imposed fresh sanctions on a network of companies and people in Iran, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates it...