Appeal for actress Marzieh Vafamehr

Posted on October 16, 2011

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Dear Reader,

Hope the world today have brought you sunshine wherever you are!

As we are all aware of (except governments of the world) the regime in Iran is no good for its wonderful citizens. They punish them for many petty crimes and they do it harsh. Executions, amputation and the topic of this post: lashing.
The actress Marzieh Vafamehr was sentenced to 90 lashes on the 8:e of October and I would like to ask you to take action on this matter. Copy the letter below and send it to whom it may concern (your government, Unions for actors/actresses, theaters and more).

Thanks in advance!

Hi,

It is with great sorrow in my mind that I contact you. A colleague of yours has been hit with the worst thing a person can be hit with, that is working with cultural expressions: get punished for her artistic freedom. Many cultural workers have been punished with a fine or imprisonment for their cultural deeds, but there are those that is hit with a much more disproportionate penalty such as the Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr.

On the 8th of October Marzieh Vafamehr was sentenced to 90 lashes and 1 year in conditionally low standards prison. She is awarded this cruel and inhuman punishment only for her role in the Australian movie My Tehran for Sale, where she is playing a young actress that has to, as all other young human beings in Iran, practice her artistic freedom in secrecy.
The penalty is a pure violation against human rights and a crime against international law, because the respect for the individual’s right to express its artistic freedom is a part of that.

As a solidarity action for this innocent soul, Marzieh, I wonder if the (here you should write the union or theaters that you contact) together with it’s members would like to take action on this matter and condemn the penalty or commit another action imaginable (for example at venues, performances or similar). Since you are strong voice in this world, you could do a big difference for Marzieh, and other less fortunate individuals, that do not want anything else than to express their artistic freedom without fear of reprisals.

Thanks for your time,

Yours Sincerely,