Friends and supporters of Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer in Middle East Studies at Melbourne University, will place the butterflies in the cathedral lawn to mark the 800th day of Kylie’s political imprisonment in Iranian jails.
Kylie was arrested on 13th September 2018 at Tehran International Airport and charged with spying after appearing at a conference. She has denied the charge but remains in custody, currently in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. She has spent much of her imprisonment in solitary confinement and is reported to have been drugged and beaten for trying to support fellow inmates.
After a period of perceived inactivity by DFAT, Kylie’s friends and supporters are respectfully demanding that Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator the Hon. Marise Payne, honour her patriotic duty to Kylie Moore-Gilbert:
- Take whatever steps are necessary to secure Kylie’s immediate return to Australia
- Regular and frequent visit to Kylie from the Australian Ambassador to monitor Kylie’s welfare
- An independent medical examination and assessment of Kylie’s health
- Appointment of a high-level Emissary to take Kylie’s case to the Iranian government
- Publicly hold Iran to account for its unacceptable treatment of this Australian citizen
A news conference on the Swanson Street lawns at 10am will include speakers:
- Dr Dara Conduit, friend and colleague of Kylie, Doctor of Middle Eastern Politics
- Mr Josh Burns, Member for Macnamara, Victoria
- Senator Janet Rice, Member Joint Standing Committee Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
- Mr Dave Sharma, Member for Wentworth, NSW (statement to be read)
- Murray Davies, Faith Communities Council of Victoria
Friends, colleagues, and supporters of Australian academic held as a diplomatic hostage in Iran for 800 days, Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert.