Iranian Actress Sentenced To Ninety Lashes

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.

Oct 12, 2011 12:20pm PDT

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