United States – Pennsylvania – Moratorium on the death penalty (February 13, 2015)

France welcomes the decision by the Pennsylvania authorities to establish a moratorium on executions pending availability of the report by a commission set up to examine the effectiveness of capital punishment.

While support is growing in the United States for a moratorium on executions, we encourage all authorities concerned to initiate a debate on the abolition of the death penalty.

France is consistently opposed to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances; it urges all states that still carry out this inhuman punishment to establish a moratorium with a view toward definitive abolition.