Watch “The Confession: Ebrahim Nabavi :: Mohammad Ali Abtahi” on YouTube

FIDH and its member organization

Justice for Iran (JFI).

Ebrahim Nabavi mock confession

سید ابراهیم نبوی

forced confession Archives – Justice for Iran

forced confessions Islmic republic of Iran
FIDH report: forced confessions
in the Islamic republic of Iran

Between 2009 and 2019

Iranian state-owned media

broadcast the

forced confessions

of at least

355 individuals

Defamatory content

against at least

505 individuals,

according to

a new report by FIDH

Cartoon 45: Forced Confessions
Cartoon 45: Forced Confessions


New report demands

end to the rampant use

of forced confessions

published today by FIDH

“The use of

forced confessions,


by state-owned


has been


used by

the Iranian authorities

to repress dissent

for decades.

It’s time for the

international community

Press Iran

to end this practice

, which is the source of

many grave

human rights violations.”

Adilur Rahman Khan,

FIDH Secretary-General

A book by Ervand Abrahamian

(1999) Tortured confessions

Ervand Abramian, Author of the book Tortured confessions (1999)
University of California Press,
1999, 284 pp

Abramian(1999) is discussing

The Iranian case

in a larger context

the methods of


torture and often

Execution of

political prisoners

in Iran

First under the Pahlavis

and then in the

Islamic Republic

since 1979.

The Pahlavis

were cruel enough ,

Abrahamian (1999)

provides documentation


and of its use under the Shahs

Public recantations –


the Islamic Republic

forcibly extracted

forced confessions

– a practice

that put it

in a league with

Europe’s Inquisition,

Stalin’s Soviet Union,

and Mao’s China.

Tortured confessions

were routinely

aired on television

Until the late 1980s,

public skepticism



their utility

to the regime.

Ervand Abramain,

the author

of “Tortured confessions””

The author

(Abramian, 1999)


all available sources

, including public &

clandestine party tracts,

official Iranian statements, &

Amnesty International reports

He (Abramain, 1999 )


judicious selections


prison memoirs


insightful comparisons

to the

prison-literature genre

and a

careful account

of the ebb


Flow of


and torture

(the end of the

Iran-Iraq War ushered

in the worst period

of executions

since 1979).

The role of torture

in recent

Iranian politics

is the subject of

Ervand Abrahamian’s


and disturbing


IRI officially

banned torture in the

early twentieth century

and of the

widespread utilization

of torture

and public confession

under the

Islamic Republican


According to

human rights organizations,


has been

at the forefront

of countries

using systematic physical torture

in recent years,


for political prisoners.

Is the government’s goal

to ensure social discipline?

To obtain information?

Neither seem likely,


torture is kept secret

and victims are

brutalized until

something other

than information

is obtained:

A public confession

and ideological recantation.

For the victim,

whose honor,


and self-respect

are destroyed

, the act is

A form of suicide.

In Iran a subject’s

“voluntary confession”

reaches a huge audience

via television.

The accessibility

of television

and use of videotape

have made

such confessions

A primary propaganda tool,

Says Abrahamian (1999)

, and because torture

is hidden from the public,

the victim’s confession appears

to be self-motivated,

increasing its value

to the authorities.
. Designed win the

hearts and minds

of the masses,

such public confessions―

now enhanced by technology

―continue as a means

to legitimize

those in power and

to demonize “the enemy.”

“Watch Me Confess!” project

Video confessions

dedicated to an effort


the Iranian government

how ridiculous they are

when forcing people

to confess to lies

on national TV

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