Fata Orlovic (Fatma Nine), 79, who lost her husband and 22 family members in the Srebrenica massacre, won the legal battle she waged against the Orthodox church the Serbs built in front of her house . The church in front of Fata Orlovic’s house, which the ECHR deemed justified, was demolished yesterday by construction machinery.
Before the 1992-1995 civil war, Fata Orlovic lived with her husband and children in the village of Konjevic near Srebrenica. During the war, 22 of his wife and family died. Fata Orlovic had to leave Srebrenica with his children. Some of his children immigrated to the United States, but Fata Orlovic did not want to leave his homeland. Back in his village in 1999, Fata Orlovic saw that the Serbs had built a church in the garden of his ruined house.
He did not give in
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Fata Orlovic, who filed lawsuits in local courts for the destruction of the church, did not accept the money offered to him. Fatma Nine, who was exposed to numerous threats over the 11-year period, did not bow to them. Unable to obtain results from the local courts, he took the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The ECHR ruled that Fata Orlovic’s rights had been violated with its decision in 2019 and demanded the destruction of the church.
The demolition decision, which Fata Orlovic has been pursuing for years, came to life yesterday. The municipal teams demolished the church with construction material. Expressing that he was tired of the longstanding resistance, Orlovic said in his statement: “Thank goodness we have seen those days too. It’s a tough day for me. Everyone is looking for their right. I am also searching. I didn’t want it to be destroyed, but that’s the way it was supposed to be. “Expressing his satisfaction at this decision, Orlovic said,” Now I can go out into the garden and sip my coffee comfortably. “