Sham executions


A frequent form of psychological torture is mock or sham executions of prisoners. Prisoners have a gun pointed at them, the trigger is pulled and there is no bullet in the chamber. In other cases, prisoners are partially asphyxiated by wrapping their heads in a wet towels or plastic sheets or having their heads held under water which sometimes contains excrement, urine or other filth added.


Sham executions has been reported in the following countries:

[Africa] Lesotho, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa

[America] Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay

[Asia] Iran Islamic Rep, Iraq

Broader Problems:
Death threats
Societal Problems Punishment
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
06.05.2019 – 19:39 CEST