Afghanistan – Death penalty (November 22, 2012)

France condemns the executions that took place in Afghanistan on 20 and 21 November. The executions came immediately after the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, by a large majority, of a resolution calling for the establishment of a global moratorium on the death penalty. This adoption confirms the global trend towards the abolition of this cruel and inhuman punishment.

As the Minister of Foreign Affairs recalled at the launch of the campaign for universal abolition, France reaffirms her determined and constant opposition to the death penalty in all places and all circumstances. She urges Afghanistan to establish a moratorium on the death penalty and consider definitive abolition.