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Saudi Arabia – Execution of Eid al-Dhafiri (January 14, 2013)

France condemns the beheading on January 13 in Saudi Arabia of Eid al-Dhafiri and is concerned at the ever increasing number of executions in this country. While 76 people were executed in Saudi Arabia in 2012, this is the 3rd execution since the beginning of 2013.

France is campaigning for the universal abolition of the death penalty and intends to be at the forefront of this struggle. 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 urges Saudi Arabia to put an end to the executions and to establish a moratorium.


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