Macabre Propaganda Videos Feature Forced ‘Confessions’ of Executed Sunni Men: Broadcasting injustice, boasting of mass killing
November 17, 2016
Please find below and attached a new report and accompanying press release that Amnesty International issued today on the execution of 25 Sunni men in Raja'i Shahr Prison in Iran and the propaganda videos featuring the forced 'confessions' of the executed men. Broadcasting injustice, boasting of mass killing highlights how the Iranian authorities embarked on a media campaign following the mass execution of the 25 Sunni men accused of involvement in an armed group on 2 August 2016, by flooding state-controlled media outlets with numerous videos featuring forced “confessions” in an attempt to justify the executions. Amnesty International's research shows that Iran’s justice system blatantly violated the men’s right to a fair trial, including their rights to access a lawyer; not to be subjected to torture and other ill-treatment; to remain silent; to have their cases heard in public hearings; and to have a meaningful review of their sentences.
Iran’s authorities have used crude propaganda tactics to dehumanize death penalty victims in the eyes of the public and divert attention away from the deeply flawed trials that led to their death sentences, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.