The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Development
Spokesperson


Paris - December 10, 2015
In this issue:

◢  Human rights – International Human Rights Day (December 10, 2015)

◢  Mongolia – Abolition of the death penalty (December 3, 2015)

◢  Afghanistan

 
Human rights – International Human Rights Day (December 10, 2015)

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, France reaffirms its commitment to respecting and promoting human rights.

We pay tribute to the commitment of those who are fighting everywhere to defend fundamental freedoms, risking their freedom and sometimes their lives. The French Republic's Human Rights Prize, awarded by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, will be presented tomorrow to NGOs whose commitment is particularly exemplary. Our entire diplomatic network is also mobilizing its efforts to celebrate this anniversary.

This year, the exceptional mobilization of states within the framework of COP21 provides an opportunity to increase awareness within the international community of the close links between human rights and the environment and to promote a united response to the climate challenge. Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie, chaired a meeting on this topic today together with Mary Robinson and civil society representatives.



Mongolia – Abolition of the death penalty (December 3, 2015)

France welcomes the abolition of the death penalty by Mongolia, whose parliament approved, on December 3, a new criminal code that will no longer include this penalty.

Following the ratification in 2012 of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aimed at abolishing the death penalty, this decision is a concrete and encouraging sign of progress toward the universal abolition of the death penalty.

France reaffirms its constant opposition to the use of the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances.



Afghanistan

France welcomes the holding yesterday in Islamabad of the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process, which aims to involve Afghanistan’s neighbors in the country’s stabilization and development. France also welcomes the determination of the Afghan authorities to resume inter-Afghan dialogue.

We condemn the attack carried out on Tuesday evening by the Taliban against Kandahar Airport, which killed several dozen people. We extend our condolences to the victims’ families and assure Afghanistan of our solidarity.

These criminal acts must not jeopardize the resumption of dialogue, which is essential in order to enable Afghanistan to return to stability and development.


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