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Executions in Iran (January 22, 2013)

France condemns the two executions by hanging carried out in public on January 20 in Iran. Iran is thereby violating its international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which it freely subscribed. More than 350 executions are known to have been carried out in Iran in 2012, making it 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 Mr. 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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