April 10, 2012
A Face Inscribed with Life
The Duško Kondor Civil Courage Award is given to Matija Stević.
The Duško Kondor Civil Courage Award is given to Matija Stević because, although aware of the risks, he expressed his civil courage as follows:
- From April 1992, in Pukiš and Brčko, he protected those who were persecuted on religious and ethnic grounds, providing them with shelter, hiding and feeding them.
- In 1992, he saved a bus full of women and children and helped them to get to an exchange point and be exchanged successfully.
- In spring 1993, he saved a woman and a girl from rape on Đinovića fields, near Čelić.
- In the hope of preventing further crimes, he wrote The Rules of Army Conduct in War in accordance with the Geneva Conventions and gave it to the authorized officer of the Army of Republika Srpska requesting their compliance.
- After the war he started an initiative to make a public apology to the Moslem people of the Brčko Municipality who suffered most in the last war 1992 -- 1995. "I do it as a Serb and as a citizen of this town. I have always respected members of my own Serb people, but also my Moslem, Croat and other fellow citizens... I never judged people by their religion, ethnicity or skin color, but by their character and their morals. Our destiny is to live together, as we have been doing here for centuries.