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Executions in Iran (February 2, 2013)

France condemns the executions by hanging of 5 prisoners carried out in Iran on February 2. These executions contravene Iran’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which it freely subscribed. According to the information available to us and in the absence of official statistics, at least 400 executions are known to have been carried out in 2012, making Iran a country with one of the highest death penalty rates.

France is campaigning for the universal abolition of the death penalty. It lends its support to the abolitionists in Iran and urges the Iranian authorities to immediately establish a moratorium on the death penalty with a view toward its abolition. As Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reaffirmed, France expresses its firm and constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances.


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