PARIS, France—The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has written to the Conseil Représentatif des Sikhs de France on the recent decision of the Indian Supreme Court to not [commute] the death penalty of Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar.
The French government said they started a campaign for the universal abolition of the death penalty on October 9, 2012. France supported the adoption of the resolution in December 2012 of the General Assembly calling for the establishment of a universal moratorium on the death penalty.
The French government said that it had expressed opposition during the recent hanging of Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab in India.
The correspondence by the Government stated that, the recent “refusal of the Indian Supreme Court to commute the death sentence of Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar has retained all (their) attention. France and its European partners regularly reiterate this position to the Indian authorities, particularly in the context of the dialogue between the EU and India on human rights”.
The Conseil Représentatif des Sikhs de France thanks all the French Sikhs and Gurdwara Singh Sabha France who supported the Paris Rally for Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar on Sunday 21th April 2013, which helped to raise awareness of this issue to French Population.
Copy of the memo in French is available here.