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Iranian Actress Sentenced To Ninety Lashes

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Marzieh Vafamehr lashing

A barbaric decision has been made in Iran, one that definitely does not sit well us.

Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr has been sentenced to one year in jail as well as ninety lashes for her work in the Australian film, My Tehran for Sale.

The film, which addresses social alienation, artistic repression, and drug use in Iran, shows Marzieh with a shaved head and without a headscarf.

The technicality behind her sentencing is that she worked on a film whose shooting didn't have the required permit, but the filmmakers swear that claim is baseless.

Director Granaz Moussavi states:

The accusations against Marzieh have no grounds of the film. All the documentation has been provided to the Iranian court to show that permits were in place for the production of the film.

Even the Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd spoke out against the Iranian court's decision:

The Australian government condemns the use of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and is deeply concerned by reports that Ms. Marzieh Vafamehr has been sentenced to one year in jail and 90 lashes for her role in an Australian-produced film. The Australian government urges Iran to protect the rights of all Iranians and foreign citizens.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first of Iran's barbaric "justice." Countless women were stoned to death in the 80s and 90s. In 2005, two teenagers were stoned to death for filming themselves having sex. In 2009, two men were also stoned to death for adultery and murder charges.

This is so horrifying. Marzieh's lawyer has tried again and again to appeal the court's ruling, but it remains in tact.

If you would like to be heard, or help out in any way, please click here to go to Amnesty International's website.

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16 comments to “Iranian Actress Sentenced To Ninety Lashes”

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  2. 2

    Well these women need to know their place. …kidding….

  3. 3

    I agree with Hillary Clinton…time to turn these barbarians and their country into a parking lot…

  4. 4

    Terrible…absolutely. My question…why would she have returned to her country, knowing these charges were possible?! Why not seek asylum in another country instead of walking into a lion's den? Sure, it's not fair to not be able to return to your home country but why slap a bear, and then act surprised when it bites you?

  5. 5

    Sounds like it's time for you to move to America Marzieh!

  6. 6

    Oh that makes me so angry!

  7. 7

    Ah, the Moo Slums once again answer the Siren's call.
    "Stay. Stay in the Dark Ages."

  8. 8

    God Bless her. What a nightmare.

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  10. 10

    Barbaric! If a women from Iran is going to defy any laws, she has to do so and never return.

  11. 11

    This is disgusting and insane. There are some scary crazy people running around in that part of the world. I almost wish we had that law about people filming themselves having sex though. If we did we would be spared having those damn KardASSians shoved in our face all the time. No one would have to see Kim's fat ass take over the E network and every magazine in the country. No would would know she likes being pissed on by black guys. That law would have come in handy in this situation.

  12. 12

    Americans appreciate your freedom.

  13. 13

    can't she just get out of the country?

  14. 14

    Was the movie shot in Australia? Because if so, she's under Australian laws. I don't ever understand how this can happen. It's like going to the Netherlands, smoking weed, coming back into the USA and getting arrested for doing it in the Netherlands

  15. 15

    Re: supadupamom – I know it wasn't obvious here but, I've read in another article (Yahoo) that she never left her country.

  16. 16

    Their country, their problems. How about we stop being the babysitters of the world and start focusing on our own problems and changing them. Wouldn't that be something..