List of Recommendations

Recommendation 1

The committee recommends that the Australian Government oppose the election of the Islamic Republic of Iran to any United Nations’ bodies in light of the regime’s clear disregard for human rights, particularly the rights of women and girls.

Recommendation 2

The committee is deeply concerned about credible allegations of intimidation and threats against Australian citizens, residents and their families. It recommends that the responsible Ministers provide an update to the Parliament and the Australian public on the government’s current assessment of whether persons connected to the IRI regime are undertaking such behaviour in Australia.

Recommendation 3

The committee recommends that the Australian Government ensure there is an appropriate level of expertise and resourcing in the relevant government departments and agencies, including foreign language speakers and community liaison officers, available to quickly investigate and assess threats against Australians.

Recommendation 4

The committee recommends that all reports of threats, intimidation, monitoring or surveillance by the Iranian community in Australia are followed up, recorded, assessed and reported to the lead coordination agency (regardless of whether individual reports result in a criminal investigation) to ensure that the government has a complete picture of foreign interference efforts by the IRI in Australia. The committee further recommends that the relevant agencies report to Parliament through the Joint Committee for Intelligence and Security on such activities.

Recommendation 5

The committee recommends that the Australian Government, in consultation with its allies and through international forums, seek to improve its policy framework to deter the practice of hostage diplomacy and increase transparency and public awareness of the regimes which engage in hostage diplomacy.

Recommendation 6

The committee recommends that the Australian Government use the available Magnitsky legislation to expand the list of individuals and entities subject to sanctions in response to human rights abuses in Iran, with particular focus on senior officials responsible for violence, human rights abuses, arbitrary detention and executions without due process.

Recommendation 7

The committee recommends the use of sanctions to target Islamic Republic of Iran and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-affiliated individuals and entities responsible for malicious cyber activity against Australia.

Recommendation 8

The committee recommends that the Australian Government take the necessary steps to formally categorise the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as an organisation involved in supporting and facilitating terrorism.

Recommendation 9

The committee recommends that Australia should minimise relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran to the greatest extent possible in recognition of the appalling behaviour of the regime.

Recommendation 10

The committee recommends that the Australian Government increase transparency and better inform the Australian public about the status of our diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran regime, as well as our security concerns in relation to the regime’s behaviour relating to cybercrime, hostage diplomacy and threats to, and intimidation of, Australian residents.

Recommendation 11

The committee recommends that any Iranian officials in Australia considered to be involved in intimidation, threats, or monitoring of Australians be expelled.

Recommendation 12

The committee recommends that the Australian Government increase the intake of Iranians under various visa programs, with a particular focus on women, girls and persecuted minorities seeking to escape the IRI regime. Iranians in Australia on temporary visas who cannot safely return to Iran due to the current crisis and policies of the IRI should not be required to do so.

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