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Iran Should Cancel Televised ‘Confessions’

category international | rights, freedoms and repression | other press author Thursday July 19, 2007 12:12author by pat c Report this post to the editors

This is an article from Human Rights Watch in which they condemn the televised confessions forced out of Iranian Dissidents. It is wrong for the US to torture those who yhey hold illegally and it is also wrong for the Iranian SState to torture "confessions" out of those they hold illegally. Full article at link.

The Iranian government should cancel the scheduled July 18 broadcast of the “confessions” of two detained Iranian-Americans, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed concern that Iranian authorities have used coercive means to compel Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh to make statements that may be later used to incriminate them in court.

The authorities have held them in largely incommunicado detention for more than two months, preventing lawyers and family members from visiting them. They have only been permitted brief phone calls to family members.

Public ‘confessions’ of this kind are a shameful tactic used by oppressive governments around the world. It’s a way for governments to intimidate critical voices into silence and flaunt their disregard for fundamental rights.

Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch

Esfandiari’s lawyer, the Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, says that authorities have not allowed her to meet with her client or to examine her case files. Ebadi also said that Esfandiari’s health was deteriorating as a result of the harsh conditions in prison.

Related Link: http://hrw.org/english/docs/2007/07/18/iran16414.htm

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   More Propaganda     Gustav    Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:45 
   Gustav     pat c    Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:54 
   Fly on the wall     Watcher    Tue Aug 14, 2007 08:25 
   Crazy stuff     Onlooker    Tue Aug 14, 2007 08:49 
   ...     Steve    Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:49 
   Steve     pat c    Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:58 
   You do not speak for HOPI     Steve    Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:05 
   ....     Steve    Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:26 
   ...     Steve    Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:33 
 10   evidence     Watcher    Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:19 
 11   ....     Steve    Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:31 
 12   Steve     pat c    Tue Aug 14, 2007 15:21 
 13   Steve re Iranian Dictatorship     pat c    Tue Aug 14, 2007 15:28 
 14   Noam Chomsky     pat c    Tue Aug 14, 2007 15:42 
 15   Self-absorded nonsense.     Steve    Tue Aug 14, 2007 16:05 
 16   Finally     Steve    Tue Aug 14, 2007 16:14 
 17   steve     pat c    Tue Aug 14, 2007 16:21 
 18   steve     pat c    Tue Aug 14, 2007 16:34 
 19   repeat     Watcher    Tue Aug 14, 2007 17:19 
 20   Watcher     pat c    Tue Aug 14, 2007 17:34 
 21   heading for lockdown, again     Watcher    Tue Aug 14, 2007 18:09 
 22   Watcher     pat c    Tue Aug 14, 2007 18:16 
 23   Clarity     Watcher    Tue Aug 14, 2007 18:20 
 24   Watcher     pat c    Tue Aug 14, 2007 18:35 
 25   Truth     Watcher    Tue Aug 14, 2007 18:40 
 26   Oh boy, the return of Pat C     Lincoln    Tue Aug 14, 2007 18:55 
 27   lincoln     pat c    Tue Aug 14, 2007 19:08 
 28   interesting counterpunch article, quite relevant!     Feudal castrato    Wed Aug 15, 2007 02:54 
 29   Diversion     Watcher    Wed Aug 15, 2007 08:10 
 30   watcher     pat c    Wed Aug 15, 2007 09:59 
 31   Disgrace     Watcher    Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:24 
 32   Flogging a dead horse with this guy     Steve    Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:27 
 33   I'll trust HRW over counterpunch I'm afraid     Counterpuncher    Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:53 
 34   Snipping bullshit     Steve    Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:57 
 35   Yes, you are pathetic     Counterpuncher    Wed Aug 15, 2007 13:05 
 36   Counterpuncher     Steve    Wed Aug 15, 2007 13:06 
 37   Counterpunch Loved slobbo     Mario Buda    Wed Aug 15, 2007 13:12 
 38   Counterpuncher     Steve    Wed Aug 15, 2007 13:13 
 39   Sebia     Mario Buda    Wed Aug 15, 2007 13:14 
 40   DEnial Of Serb Atrocities     Mario Buda    Wed Aug 15, 2007 14:06 
 41   Grasping at straws     Steve    Wed Aug 15, 2007 14:21 
 42   And another thing     Steve    Wed Aug 15, 2007 14:41 
 43   Amnesty     The Prophet    Thu Aug 16, 2007 17:47 
 44   Throwing the baby out with the bath water.     Steve    Thu Aug 16, 2007 18:01 


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