European Court Orders Bosnia to Remove a Serbian Orthodox Church

Source: Breitbart
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Monday that Bosnia and Herzegovina must take “all necessary measures” to remove a Serbian Orthodox church that was built in the courtyard of a Muslim woman expelled from her village during the country’s 1992-95 war.
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. | 03 October 2019

The court ruled that the 1998 church construction had been illegal and constituted a violation of the right to property, stipulating a three-month deadline to carry out the verdict and remove the church.

European Court judge Faris Vehabovic said that a failure to enforce the court’s decision would be a “crime” yet added that whether or not it will be enforced “is up to the Bosnian authorities to decide.”

In 2000, Fata Orlovic and 13 other family members initiated a legal battle to have the church removed after she returned to her home in Konjevic Polje in eastern Bosnia, some 20 kilometers east of Srebrenica.

In its ruling on Monday, the court found in favor of members of the Orlovic family, ordering Bosnian authorities to remove the church along with paying damages to 14 members of the Orlovic family in the amount of 31,000 euros.

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