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Illegally built church removed from Fata Orlovic's backyard

June 5, 2021

Illegally built Serb Orthodox church on the land of returnee Fata Orlovic in the eastern Bosnian village Konjevic Polje was removed on Saturday morning.

Heavy machinery entered Orlovic's backyard early morning and started the process of the church demolition.

The church was built on Orlovic's property soon after the end of the 1992-95 Bosnian war, when she was displaced from the village.

For years, the woman has been fighting a legal battle to have the illegally built building removed from her backyard. During this time, Fata Orlovic became sort of a symbol of resistance for Bosniak returnees living in this part of the country.

On October 1, 2019, the European Court of Human Rights ruled against the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and ordered the church removal.

Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/illegally-built-church-removed-from-fata-orlovics-backyard-video/

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