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World stars name for launch of jailed Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti – The Straits Occasions

“The Iranian authorities have strategically chosen to arrest Taraneh earlier than Christmas to make sure her worldwide friends could be distracted,” the letter continues.

“However we aren’t distracted. We’re outraged. Taraneh Alidoosti, like all residents of Iran, has a proper to freedom of expression, freedom of affiliation, and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention.

“We hereby stand in solidarity along with her and demand her speedy launch and protected return to her household.”

Iran has been shaken by protests following Mahsa Amini’s death in custody on Sept 16. The 22-year-old Iranian Kurd had been arrested in Teheran for an alleged breach of the Islamic republic’s costume code for ladies.

A minimum of 14,000 folks have been arrested because the nationwide unrest started, the United Nations stated in November.

America on Tuesday condemned Alidoosti’s arrest as “a part of the regime’s effort to sow concern and suppress these peaceable protests”.

The open letter comes after The Salesman director Asghar Farhadi took to Instagram to demand Alidoosti’s freedom.

Alidoosti appeared in two of Farhadi’s earliest movies earlier than he gained worldwide renown for Lovely Metropolis (2004) and Fireworks Wednesday (2006).

She then appeared within the 2009 movie About Elly, which earned Farhadi the Silver Bear for finest director on the Berlin movie competition, earlier than reuniting for The Salesman in 2016.

The Salesman gained an Oscar for Greatest International Language Movie in 2017. AFP

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