Problem

Show trials

Nature:

A show trial is a judicial travesty whose real purpose is to manufacture propaganda.

Incidence:

An especially clumsy example was the sentencing in Indonesia in 1993 of an East Timor rebel leader to life imprisonment, part of a continuing campaign to justify Indonesian annexation in 1975 of the former Portuguese colony of East Timor. The presiding judge spent seven hours reading a 250-page verdict, but the accused was unable to read his own 27-page defence because it was deemed "irrelevant". Human rights groups can recall no previous political trial in Indonesia in which the defence statement was suppressed by judges.

Narrower Problems:
Forced political confessions
Related Problems:
Public executions
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Subject(s):
Law Tribunals, courts
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
23.04.2019 – 13:43 CEST