Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 17, 2013)

 

Syria – Massacre in Homs (January 16, 2013)
Iraq – Attacks in Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu (January 16, 2013)
Saudi Arabia – Execution of Arshad Mohammed (January 16, 2013)
United States – Execution of Robert Gleason in Virginia (January 16, 2013)
Oman


Syria – Massacre in Homs (January 16, 2013)

France utterly condemns the latest massacre perpetrated yesterday by the Syrian army in Homs which has resulted in the death of more than 100 civilians, including women and children.

This latest bloody incident is further proof of the brutality of Bashar al-Assad’s regime. France wants to ensure that these crimes don’t go unpunished.

The perpetrators of such crimes committed in Syria, whatever they may be, must be brought to justice before international criminal courts.

 

Iraq – Attacks in Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu (January 16, 2013)

France strongly condemns the attacks perpetrated yesterday in several cities in Iraq during which, according to the latest reports, more than 40 people died and more than 250 were injured.

We extend our condolences to the families of the victims.

France reaffirms its support for the Iraqi authorities in their fight against terrorism.

 

Saudi Arabia – Execution of Arshad Mohammed (January 16, 2013)

France condemns the beheading on January 16 in Saudi Arabia of Pakistani citizen Arshad Mohammed and is concerned at the alarming rate of executions being carried out in this country. This is the 4th execution since the beginning of 2013.

France is campaigning for the universal abolition of the death penalty and intends to be at the forefront of this struggle. As Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, reaffirmed, France expresses its firm and constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances. It urges Saudi Arabia to put an end to the executions and to establish a moratorium as swiftly as possible.

 

United States – Execution of Robert Gleason in Virginia (January 16, 2013)

France condemns the execution by electrocution of Robert Gleason in Virginia on January 16, 2013. This is the first execution in the United States in 2013 and the first time the death penalty has been used in Virginia since August 2011.

France urges the Virginia authorities to put an end to the executions, to establish a moratorium and to engage in a debate on the abolition of the death penalty. It reaffirms its constant opposition to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances.

 

Oman

What do you think about the prison sentences handed down to 8 writers and bloggers in Oman for lèse-majesté and cybercrime?

We were disappointed to learn that these sentences were upheld on appeal. We are closely following the hearings and reaffirm our deep attachment to the freedom of opinion and expression, including on the Internet.

We hope that the authorities will show leniency so that these individuals can be released.