International Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty
The death penalty is not justice, it is a failure of justice.
The death penalty is not a useful instrument for fighting crime.
The loss of human life it entails is irreparable, and no legal system is immune from miscarriages of justice.
Resorting to the death penalty is not a mere instrument of criminal policy, it is a violation of human rights.
Today, France occupies a special and recognized position among the main states committed to fighting the death penalty.
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has decided to further this struggle by actively engaging French diplomacy worldwide in a campaign to abolish the death penalty.
France carries its action on the gound, through the work of its ambassies, in complementarity of the civil society, and to the General Assembly and the Council of Human Rights of the United Nations.
The international campaign to abolish the death penalty worldwide was launched on September 27 to the UN General Assembly, with the event "The death penalty: from moratorium to abolition", co-organized by France and the Republic of Benin.
The meeting comes a few days before the official launch on October 9 of the French campaign for universal abolition. The aim of this campaign is to renew and step up the action taken in recent years to raise awareness of the abolition of the death penalty. It involves encouraging debate and lending our support to local players committed to abolition.
The campaign for universal abolition comes in the context of several engagements expected in the coming months: the regional congress against the death penalty, in Rabat in October 2012, the new vote on the United Nations General Assembly’s biennial resolution calling for the introduction of a global moratorium in the fall of 2012, and the fifth World Congress against the Death Penalty, in Madrid in June 2013.
The fight against the death penalty is a long-term struggle in which tangible progress is made every year in all the world’s regions. In the past 20 years, more than 50 states have outlawed the death penalty. France reaffirms its determined and constant opposition to the death penalty, everywhere and under all circumstances. It commends the role of the International Commission against the Death Penalty, made up of figures of high moral standing, including the former French Justice Minister, Robert Badinter. Finally, France urges all states which still apply the death penalty to observe moratoriums with a view to definitive abolition.
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