Senate debates

Monday, 11 September 2023

Statements by Senators

Human Rights: Iran

1:45 pm

Photo of Jordon Steele-JohnJordon Steele-John (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

This Saturday 16 September will mark one year since the tragic death of Iranian woman Jina Mahsa Amini. On 13 September 2022, Jina was visiting Iran's capital, Tehran, from her home town in the western Kurdish region. Little did she realise that this visit would be her last. Jina was arrested by Iran's morality police, and three days later she died in police custody.

Jina Amini represented women across the world. She represented defiance in the face of tyranny. She represented courage and freedom. Her legacy, beginning with the women and the people of Iran, has birthed the Women, Life, Freedom movement. It's a movement that will always remind the world of the harsh reality of women's rights in Iran and in many countries. The gendered impact of authoritarian rule cannot and must not be ignored.

In solidarity with the Iranian diaspora in Australia, the Australian Greens are calling on the government to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code Act 1995. We're calling for the expansion of Magnitsky-style sanctions on individuals and organisations linked to the Iranian regime. The Australian Greens are in solidarity with the Iranian diaspora community in Australia in their ongoing fight for freedom. Women, life, freedom—we hear you, we are in solidarity with you, and we will not end pressure on the Australian government until—

Photo of Janet RiceJanet Rice (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

Thank you, Senator Steele-John. Senator Babet.