Paris, October 14, 2008
I have learned that the Supreme Court of the United States has just refused to hear the appeal by Troy Davis, an American citizen condemned to death in 1991 in the State of Georgia. The United States Supreme Court represented his final legal recourse. Mr. Davis’s fate is therefore now up to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.
To date, the European Union’s many calls aimed at sensitizing the relevant authorities of the State of Georgia to Mr. Davis’s case and asking them not to proceed with his execution have not been heeded.
I would like to reaffirm once again France’s opposition to capital punishment. Indeed, the death penalty undermines human dignity. Any judicial error in its application is irreversible and irreparable.
I therefore solemnly call on the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider its position, to suspend the execution proceedings against Mr. Davis, and to commute his sentence.
Minister of State responsible for
Foreign Affairs and Human Rights