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Saudi Arabia – Execution of a convicted person (February 20, 2013)

France condemns the latest execution in Saudi Arabia on February 20, thereby bringing the number of beheadings in this country since the start of the year to 15.

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. 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. It again urges Saudi Arabia to put an end to the executions and to establish a moratorium.


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