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Australian universities suspend travel to Iran for fear of arrests

Two Australians detained in Iran have been named as Mark Firkin and Jolie King, with media reporting that the travel bloggers were arrested in July during their Asian trip. (Instagram) October 21, 2019 Acting on advice from the government, Australian universities have warned academics not to travel to Iran, after three Australians were [...]

By |October 21st, 2019|Australia|

Australian couple return home after 3-month Iran detention

Australians bloggers, Mark Firkin and Jolie King, were detained in Iran, they were arrested in July during their Asian trip. (Instagram) October 5, 2019 An Australian-British blogger and her fiancé said Saturday they were “extremely happy and relieved” to be reunited with their loved ones after being freed from a three-month detention in Iran. [...]

By |October 5th, 2019|Australia|

Iran charges three Australians with spying

Two Australians detained in Iran have been named as Mark Firkin and Jolie King, with media reporting that the travel bloggers were arrested in July during their Asian trip. (Instagram) September 17, 2019 Iran’s judiciary on Tuesday confirmed the detention of three Australian citizens that was announced last week by the Australian government, [...]

By |September 17th, 2019|Australia|

Australian jailed in Iran identified as Melbourne University academic

Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer at Melbourne University. (AFP) September 14, 2019 A British-Australian woman jailed in Iran has been identified as Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a specialist in Middle East politics at the University of Melbourne. The academic’s family issued a statement through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade saying they were in [...]

By |September 14th, 2019|Australia|

Australian couple detained in Iran are travel bloggers

Two Australians detained in Iran have been named as Mark Firkin and Jolie King, with media reporting that the travel bloggers were arrested in July during their Asian trip. (Instagram) September 12, 2019 Two Australians detained in Iran were named on Thursday as a travel-blogging couple who were arrested while making an overland [...]

By |September 12th, 2019|Australia|

Three Australians detained in Iran

A prison guard stands along a corridor in Tehran’s Evin prison on June 13, 2006. (Reuters) September 11, 2019 The Australian government on Wednesday said three citizens had been detained in Iran, the latest in a series of Westerners to be seized by authorities in Tehran. “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [...]

By |September 11th, 2019|Australia|

Kurdish-Iranian detained refugee receives 4th Australian literary award

Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani. (Getty) August 14, 2019 Kurdish-Iranian writer Behrouz Boochani won yet another Australian literary award for his autobiography, “No Friend but the Mountains”, however, he was not able to receive the award because he is detained on Manus Island. Australia’s State Library of New South Wales said the autobiography won [...]

By |August 14th, 2019|Australia, Minorities|

Iran-backed hackers hit both U.K., Australian parliaments

A report says the Feb. 8 hack of the Australian Parliament "is a part of a multi-year cyberespionage campaign" by an Iranian-backed hacking group they call Iridium.. (Shutterstock) By Ken Dilanian March 2, 2019 The Iranian-backed hackers who stole personal data on Australian lawmakers earlier this year are the same group that attacked [...]

By |March 2nd, 2019|Australia, Europe|

Iran frees detained Australian-based academic, says lawyer

Melbourne University academic Meimenat Hosseini-Chavoshi has been detained in Iran. (Supplied) January 28, 2019 The lawyer of an Australian-based academic detained on charges of trying to “infiltrate” Iranian institutions said on Sunday she was freed a few days ago, Iran’s state news agency reported. Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi, a population expert, is affiliated with the Melbourne School [...]

By |January 28th, 2019|Australia, Woman|

Iran said to hold Australian-based population expert on “infiltration” charge

Members of Australia's Iranian community travelled from Melbourne to attend a demonstration in the Canberra, July 20 2018. (SBS) December 10, 2018 Iran has detained an Australian-based academic on charges of trying to “infiltrate” Iranian institutions, according to official media. Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi was detained as she was leaving Iran, the state news agency [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|Australia|