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Published on July 6, 2010
Statement by the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Spokesman

Paris, July 5 2010

France was extremely shocked to learn of reports of two imminent executions: the death by stoning of Sakine Mohammadi-Ashtiani, sentenced to death for adultery and the hanging of Mohammad Reza Haddadi, sentenced to death for murder, although he was only 15 years old at the time of the crime.

France calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to stay these executions, which offend the universal conscience and arouse indignation.

She exhorts the Iranian authorities to ban stonings, which are a barbaric practice designed to inflict unnecessary suffering on the sentenced people, and executions of people sentenced for crimes committed when they were minors and thus honour the international commitments into which they freely entered, particularly the International Pact on Civil and Political Rights and Convention on the Rights of the Child.

France reiterates her determined commitment to the abolition of the death penalty, everywhere and in all circumstances, and asks the Iranian authorities to establish a moratorium on all executions with a view to an eventual abolition of capital punishment.

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