Three Australians Have Been Detained In Iran
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed it is providing consular assistance to the families of three Australians detained in Iran.
It comes after The Times reported that two British-Australian women had been detained in Iran for unknown charges.
One of the women is reportedly a Cambridge University academic who has been lecturing at an Australian university while the other is reportedly a blogger who was travelling around Asia with her Australian boyfriend.
Several media outlets have confirmed these reports, however, in a statement, DFAT said it was unable to comment on the identities of the three detained Australian because of its privacy obligations.
"All Australian citizens and holders of dual nationality with Australia who are travelling to or through Iran are urged to follow the travel advice on the DFAT Smartraveller website," a spokesperson said.
The official travel advice for all Australians thinking of travelling to Iran is at the highest level "do not travel" for some parts of the country, because of a risk that foreigners, including Australians, cold be arbitrarily detained or arrested.
The travel warning on DFAT's smart traveller website was last updated on Monday.
"Iran doesn't recognise dual nationality," DFAT warns on its website.
"If you're a dual Australian/Iranian national, it is highly unlikely the Australian Government would be allowed to assist if you're arrested or detained."
Tensions have been high between Iran and Britain since July after British forces seized an Iranian oil tanker, reportedly claiming that it was on its way to Syria.
A few weeks later Iran seized a British oil tanker for alleged marine violations, Reuters reported.
Britain later released the Iranian tanker it was holding. Iran has yet to do the same.
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