Australian Academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert Moved to Remote Prison in Iran Reportedly Rife with Covid 19

University lecturer Kylie Moore-Gilbert, jailed in Iran for spying, has been moved for "punishment reasons" to the harsh Qarchak prison in southern Tehran.


Kylie Moore-Gilbert | Photo Credit: Times of London

Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a University of Melbourne lecturer and researcher specializing in Middle East politics, has spent more than 700 days in prison. She was detained in August 2018 by the Islamic Republic of Iran and sentenced to 10 years for undisclosed reasons. She is currently being held in Ward 2A, an isolated Revolutionary Guard-run wing of Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.

Reza Khandan, the husband of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who is in Evin prison for her human rights activism, has posted on Facebook that Dr Moore-Gilbert was transferred in recent days to Qarchak women's prison for "punishment reasons".


Qarchak Prison is located in the desert south of Tehran is overcrowded, has poor sanitation and not enough beds for all inmates. The jail holds political prisoners as well as those who have committed violent crimes and it is sometimes used as punishment for political prisoners and conditions have been described by former inmates as dreadful.


According to BBC Persian, the Australian government has said it holds Iran responsible for Ms Moore-Gilbert's "safety and well-being" and is "urgently seeking access" to her. "Dr Moore-Gilbert's case is one of the Australian government's highest priorities, including for our embassy officials in Tehran," Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement on Tuesday.


We at Endangered Scholars Worldwide consider Kylie Moore-Gilbert’s detention a flagrant and unjust violation of the freedom, security, and safety of an academic who has been caught up in the political tension between the United Kingdom and Iran—arrested without cause, held for weeks in solitary confinement and without access to a lawyer, and subjected to physical mistreatment and psychological abuse. Endangered Scholars Worldwide deplores and condemns the ongoing detention, persecution, conviction, and mistreatment of Kylie Moore-Gilbert and calls upon all international organizations, academic and professional associations, and other groups and individuals devoted to the promotion and defense of human rights to strongly protest and condemn this arbitrary incarceration; to ask for her immediate and unconditional release; and to urge the officials of the Iranian government to end the tactic of taking of foreign nationals and dual citizen scholars and students hostage for political gains and to respect, guarantee, and implement the provisions and principles of human rights.


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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The Office of the Supreme Leader

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Tehran

Islamic Republic of Iran

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President Hassan Rouhani

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Javad Zarif

Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Michelle Bachelet

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Dr. Koumbou Boly Barry

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Email: sreducation@ohchr.org


David Kaye

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

Palais des Nations

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Switzerland

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Email: freedex@ohchr.org


Josep Borrell

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

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Secretary General of the Council of Europe Council of Europe

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Christophe Poirel

Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law Council of Europe

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France

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