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 20 years, more than 50 states have abolished it in law.
Through its resolute commitment to universal abolition, France has become recognized as one of the main states involved in combating the death penalty.