16th World Day Against the Death Penalty (10 October 2018)


On this 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty, France reaffirms its opposition to the death penalty everywhere and in all circumstances.

France is committed to the universal abolition of this unjust, inhumane and ineffective punishment and calls on all nations that still apply the death penalty to establish a moratorium on it with a view to its definitive abolition.

France welcomes the decision by Mongolia, Guinea and Burkina Faso to abolish the death penalty. It also welcomes Gambia’s ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aimed at abolishing the death penalty, as well as Guatemala’s abolition of capital punishment for ordinary crimes.

France reiterates its concern over the continued use of the death penalty in all too many countries.

France invites all nations to mobilize ahead of the Seventh World Congress Against the Death Penalty to be held from February 27 to March 1, 2019, in Brussels. It also calls on states to support the adoption of the resolution calling for a universal moratorium on the death penalty by the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.