Konjević Polje. Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 8, 2021
78-year-old Fata Orlović has been waging a legal battle for the past 21 years since she returned to her home in the Bosnian village of Konjević Polje in 2000 and found a Serbian Orthodox church on her property.
The church was built in 1996, and on Saturday, it was razed to the ground, reports the Dnevni avaz newspaper.
The Muslim woman returned to her home five years after the end of the 1992-1995 Bosnian civil war. According to the Dayton Accords, Bosnian refugees have the right to return to their homes and receive their property back. In this case, the property was returned to the Orlović family except for the site of the Orthodox church.
The woman took to the courts, and in January 2008, an out-of-court settlement was reached according to which the defendants were required to move the church. The government of Republika Srpska agreed to fund the relocation.
However, the church remained in its place, and Orlović appealed to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, which ruled in October 2019 that the church must be moved from the plot or destroyed.
On Saturday, the church was demolished.