THE federal government has urged Iran to protect the rights of all people after an actress was sentenced to 90 lashes and a year in jail for her role in an Australian film.
Marzieh Vafamehr was sentenced for appearing in My Tehran For Sale, a South Australian-produced movie critical of the Islamic republic's hard-line policies.
Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd's office said the Australian government condemned the use of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and was "deeply concerned" by the reports.
"The Australian government urges Iran to protect the rights of all Iranians and foreign citizens," Mr Rudd's office said.
My Tehran For Sale was shot in the Iranian capital and tells the story of a young actress whose stage work is banned by authorities.