I always like to wonder what I would do in difficult situations. Would I be able to risk my friends, family, job and possibly even life to stand up against oppression and for what is right?
Thankfully, I have never been in a position where I had to test my resolve.
Which makes my admiration for those activists who have risked a great deal to stand up for what is right even that much stronger.
One of the activists that I most admire is Natasa Kandic. Ms. Kandic is, in my opinion, a hero.
I have a great deal of respect for her and for the work she does and the risks she takes in defending human rights.
Here is some more information about Kandic and the work she does:
2005 Magazine Profile
Time Europe Heroes of 2003
Speak Truth To Power Profile & Interview
(This is of course, only a very small sample of information about Ms. Kandic that can be found online. When searching for information on Ms. Kandic, I was also able to see examples of just a sampling of the harassment and abuse Ms. Kandic still receives by extremists.)
Of course, Kandic is best known for the Belgrade Humanitarian Law Center-an organization working for human rights for everyone who resides in the Balkans. The website is really informative.
Humanitarian Law Center