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Serbia, as a member of the Council of Europe and as a state that has ratified Protocols 6 and 13 to the European Convention on Human Rights, which seek to abolish the death penalty, strongly opposes its existence. “Starting from the universal right to life and human dignity, which cannot be taken away from anyone, this type of punishment is absolutely unacceptable in a legal system of a country”, said the Protector of Citizens, Zoran Pasalic, on the occasion of October 10, the World and European Day against the Death Penalty.

The European Union is actively fighting for the abolition of the death penalty because it is an inhumane act that is not tolerated by the international law today. Today, death sentences are abolished in about 140 countries in the world, while about 50 countries still have them in their legal systems and in those countries up to several thousand people are executed every year. In developed countries, life sentence dominates as the most severe prescribed sentence, with or without possibility of parole.

The Protector of Citizens reminds that the death penalty in Serbia was abolished in 2002 and that it was last executed ten years before that. Despite this, the issue of the need to bring the death penalty back has occasionally been raised in public in Serbia in recent years, especially when monstrous crimes against children or multiple murders occur. “However, we must be aware that the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia itself says that human life is inviolable, so the Protector of Citizens remains determined in its position that the reintroduction of the death penalty should never be allowed”, Zoran Pasalic said.