Declaration of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the execution of Mohammed Hussain
(November 15, 2012)
“France condemns the execution in Pakistan of Mohammed Hussain, execution which de facto puts an end to the moratorium on death penalty observed for the past 5 years by the Pakistani government. This decision constitutes a step backward in the evolution of Pakistan towards greater respect for Human Rights.
Mindful of the fact that more than 7,000 persons are currently in the death row in Pakistan, France calls for the Pakistani government to re-establish without delay a moratorium and initiate a debate on the abolition of death penalty, considered a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.
As recalled by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Laurent Fabius, launching the French campaign in favour of death penalty’s universal abolition on the 10th of October 2012, France reaffirms its determined and continuous opposition to death penalty in all places and in any circumstances.”