ANKARA (AA) – Australia has summoned a senior Iranian diplomat in Canberra and lodged a protest over the use of force against protesters.
“The Australian Government has again called in Iran’s Chargé d’Affaires over the Iranian regime’s horrific suppression of protests. We will continue to work with our international partners and within government to increase pressure on Iran over its egregious human rights abuses,” Foreign Minister Senator Penny Wong tweeted.
Speaking at the parliament, the Australian top diplomat said that they have also received concerning reports of “surveillance and harassment” of protesters in Australia, including threats made to their families in Iran.
“We have made these concerns clear to Iran and the Department of Home Affairs is engaging with the community,” she added.
Iran has been rocked by protests since mid-September after the custodial death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the country’s morality police for allegedly violating the prescribed dress code.