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Saudi Arabia – Execution of a convicted person (February 14, 2013)

France condemns the execution of Chbib al-Otaibi on February 14 in Saudi Arabia, thus bringing the number of beheadings in this country since the start of the year to 13.

France again expresses its deep concern at the alarming rate of executions in Saudi Arabia. These executions contradict the global trend toward the abolition of this inhuman punishment, the deterrent value of which has never been established.

France is campaigning for the universal abolition of the death penalty and intends to be at the forefront of this struggle. As Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reaffirmed, France expresses its firm and constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. It again urges Saudi Arabia to put an end to the executions and to establish a moratorium.


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