Natasa Kandic

Kragujevac, Serbia

Natasa founded the Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) in 1992. HLC’s purpose was to operate as a non-governmental organization (NGO) that could document war atrocities and human rights violations being committed in armed conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo. These conflicts’ large death toll (~130,000) is only rivaled by the number of people unwillingly removed from their towns and villages (~ millions).

Natasa has taken great risks in fighting for what she believes in; she has been constantly operating under death threats. She wants to be able to raise the awareness of what has been going in these conflicts and help the victims claim their rights. Her work with HLC has gone a long way to secure the safety and rights of millions of individuals that would have otherwise been ignored.

Natasa has received over 20 international, regional and national human rights award. TIME magazine has recognized her on 3 separate occasions and in 2000 she was awarded the Martin Ennals Award for work extensive work on human rights. In 2005 she was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Sarajevo, with Slobodna Bosna magazine naming her person of the year in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Submitted by:
Kit Bennett



Humanitarian Law Center


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