Republika Srpska scraps death penalty

BANJA LUKA, Jun 23, 2000 -- (AFP) Republika Srpska (RS, the Bosnian Serb entity) deputies voted Thursday to scrap the death penalty in favor of life imprisonment, in line with the Dayton peace accords which ended Bosnia's 1992-95 war.

Several death penalties have been handed down in Republika Srpska since it was created in 1992 but none of the condemned have been executed.

The other entity in Bosnia, the Muslim Croat Federation, had already dropped the death penalty to conform with the Dayton accords which imposes several international conventions on human rights.

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