Australian academic Kylie Gilbert-Moore has been held for almost a year in Ward 2-A of Tehran’s Evin Prison, controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) intelligence organization, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned.

“Little is known about the IRGC’s security ward except that detainees held there are cut off from the outside world and their access to counsel is severely restricted,” said CHRI’s Executive Director Hadi Ghaemi.

“The Iranian judiciary should allow these detainees consular access and guarantee their due process rights,” he added.

CHRI has learned that at some point during her incarceration, Gilbert-Moore threatened to go on hunger strike to gain access to a lawyer. It is not known whether she went on strike or if she has been given access to counsel.

CHRI has also learned that the investigation phase of her case is over, but it’s not clear why she has not been transferred to the public ward.

Also in Evin Prison, Australian citizen and travel blogger Jolie King—arrested in July 2019 along with fellow Australian travel blogger Mark Firkin—has been transferred to a public ward in the Women’s Ward within the past two weeks. Firkin’s location in Evin is unknown.

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