The story of Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s 804 days as a political prisoner is about more than Iran’s human rights abuses, writes Scott Burchill – the West is no model of international citizenship either.
Academic freedom is under assault around the world. Academics and students are being killed, injured, detained and disappeared in a pattern of disturbing increases in state repression.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave a carefully worded statement in response to questions of a prisoner swap. This kind of deal could bring criticism from Australia’s allies.
Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been detained in Iran since 2018. Her transfer to a notoriously brutal prison this week has pushed a fellow researcher to speak out.
Surely the time has come to shift gears and ramp up the public pressure on both Australian diplomats and Iranian politicians to secure the academic’s release.