The EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Council of Europe Office in Sarajevo have welcomed the decision rendered by the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on October 4, 2019 to formally repeal Article 11 of the Constitution of the Republika Srpska Entity, as a symbol of strong commitment to common European values.
Statement published on the official website of the EU Office in BiH reads that “this is in line with the key priorities identified in the European Commission Opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s EU membership application and the Council of Europe standards”.
The EU and the Council of Europe Office reiterated strong opposition to capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances. The absolute ban on the death penalty in all circumstances is entrenched in Protocol 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
“We recall that on October 9, on the occasion of the World Day Against the Death Penalty, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and CoE Secretary General Marija Pejcinovic Buric issued a joint declaration expressing the support to work towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide and encouraging all countries to join the global Alliance for Torture-Free Trade”, the statement reads.