Iran’s parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favor of the death penalty for protesters arrested at anti-government demonstrations. The vote follows reports of widespread human rights abuses directed at an estimated 15,000 protesters held in Iranian jails. One female protester in her twenties told the BBC she witnessed physical and psychological torture, saying she could hear the sound of screams as prison guards beat young men in a cell next to hers.
Massive protests erupted across Iran in September after the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman in police custody. Mahsa Amini had been arrested for allegedly wearing her hijab improperly. On Wednesday, one of Iran’s best-known actors, Taraneh Alidoosti, posted an image of herself on social media without a hijab in violation of Iranian law, which requires women to cover their hair. She held a sign reading “Woman, Life, Freedom” in Kurdish.