United States – Announcement by California of a moratorium on the death penalty (14 March 2019)

France welcomes the announcement on March 14 by Governor of California Gavin Newsom on establishing a moratorium on the death penalty in his state which has the highest number of death row prisoners in the United States.

France welcomes this important step and urges California to continue efforts to promote the definitive abolition of the death penalty.

France calls on all states that continue to apply the death penalty to establish a moratorium with a view toward the definitive abolition of this unjust, inhuman and degrading punishment.