France is mobilized in support of the universal abolition of the death penalty. It pays tribute to the continuous efforts of human rights activists, NGOs and personalities committed to the universal abolition of the death penalty.
The death penalty does not represent justice, but the failure of justice. The death penalty is not a useful instrument for combating crime. The loss of life in which it results is irreparable and miscarriages of justice can occur in all legal systems. The death penalty is not simply a criminal justice policy instrument, but a violation of human rights. It is prohibited by many international texts.
The abolition of the death penalty is a highly symbolic cause, which highlights the universality of human rights.
Global support for abolition is increasing on all continents, regardless of political regimes, development levels or cultural heritage.
We can observe a downward trend in the number of death sentences and executions worldwide. Today, over two thirds of the world’s countries have abolished the death penalty in law or in practice. Over the past 20years, more than 50 states have abolished it in law.
puceoupas the death penalty throughout the world.
Through its resolute commitment to universal abolition, France has become recognized as one of the main states involved in combating the death penalty.
Laurent Fabius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has decided to develop this action further by mobilizing France’s diplomatic network worldwide to support a campaign for abolition
In this section
- France’s international action: the campaign for universal abolition
- World Day against the Death Penalty – Mobilization of France’s diplomatic network (10.10.14)
- World Day against the Death Penalty: Young People and Abolition (10.10.14)
- Abolition of the death penalty – Ratification of the Optional Protocol by Gabon and El Salvador (10.04.14)
- Death penalty – Moratorium on executions in the state of Washington (United States) (13.02.14)
- World Day against the Death Penalty (10.10.13)
- Publication of a report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights calling for a moratorium on capital punishment (07.08.12)
- 5th World Congress against the Death Penalty (Madrid, 12-15.06.13)
- Campaign for the universal abolition of the death penalty (12.04.13)
- Campaign for the abolition of the death penalty - Interview with Robert Badinter (24.10.12)
- Regional Conference on the Death Penalty – Mission to Rabat by the human rights ambassador (18-20.10.12)
- Event: Question and answer session on Twitter with the Quai d’Orsay’s spokesperson (09.10.12)
- Joint call for the abolition of the death penalty (10.10.12)
- Campaign for the abolition of the death penalty – “The death penalty: from moratorium to abolition” meeting (27.09.12)
- Useful links
- United Nations