The European Union and Council of Europe envoys in Bosnia expressed an unequivocal opposition to the use of capital punishment “in all cases and under all circumstances”, on the occasion of World Day against Death Penalty.
Ambassadors Lars-Gunnar Wigemark and Drahoslav Štefánek said that Bosnia, being a full-fledged member of the Council of Europe and potential candidate for EU membership, should fully abide by the abolition of the death penalty as a core European human rights value. They urged the authorities in Republika Srpska entity to formally repeal the capital punishment article of the RS Constitution in order to ensure complete abolition of the death penalty as a symbol of strong commitment to common European values.
Although death penalty formally exists as a form of punishment in Republika Srpska, there is no crime punishable by death in the entity laws.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and the COE Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, issued a joint statement welcoming the global trend towards the abolition of capital punishment.