The Truth Teller: Natasa Kandic, urging Serbs to face the past

First published 3rd Feb 2012

Radio Free Europe discusses Natasa Kandic, Director of the Humanitarian Law Centre in Belgrade, battle for searching for the truth and seeking justice for past atrocities.
The Humanitarian Law Centre in Belgrade (HLC-B) was founded in 1992 by Kandic and was the foremost organisation engaged in truth and reconciliation in Serbia. HLC-B documents and prosecutes cases of murder, rape, and torture committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Recently, Kandic was featured on Radio Free Europe.
“Kandic is widely credited with providing critical evidence on Serbia's role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim men and boys. Her release of a video documenting the Scorpions, a Serbian paramilitary group, executing six Bosnian Muslims eventually led to the delivery of the Srebrenica masterminds -- Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his military commander, Ratko Mladic -- to the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.”
“Kandic is also cited for reporting first-hand on atrocities committed by Serbian forces against ethnic Albanian civilians during the war in Kosovo in 1998-99.”
Despite Kandic being the frequent target of death threats and pressure campaigns at home, she is the recipient of numerous human rights awards and accolades from such international human rights organisations as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

According Testifying to Kandic’s dedication to uncovering the truth of harm against civilians, Sandra Orlovic, Deputy Executive Director of HLC-B, explains that,
"[Natasha] continued to be present in Kosovo and to document all the horrible things that had happened there.The main impression of Natasa after being 15 minutes in her presence is that she is not frightened, and that she will risk everything for the truth for her victims and their rights."