Paris, April 26, 2012
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Bernard Valero, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, 26th April 2012) :
United States – Abolition of the death penalty in the state of Connecticut
France hails the abolition of the death penalty in the state of Connecticut following Governor Dannel Malloy’s signature on April 25 of the bill adopted by the state legislature.
Connecticut thus becomes the 17th U.S. state to renounce this cruel and inhuman treatment.
France notes its unwavering opposition to the death penalty everywhere and in all circumstances. It considers the abolition of the death penalty essential to the protection of human dignity.
France reiterates its call for the implementation of a universal moratorium on the death penalty with a view to its definitive abolition.
Iran – Arrest of Narges Mohammadi
France condemns the arrest of Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and colleague of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.
This arrest demonstrates once again the relentlessness of the Iranian regime’s crackdown against its own people since the elections in 2009.
This ongoing policy of arresting journalists, human rights activists, attorneys and artists runs counter to Iran’s international commitments, particularly the right to free expression recognized by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iran freely signed.