Milan Popović

Milan Popović was born in 1955 in Andrijevica (Montenegro). He is a scholar by profession, a full professor at the Law Faculty and Faculty of Political Science in Podgorica, and he has collaborated with numerous scholarly institutions, the media and non-governmental organizations, both inside Montenegro and elsewhere. He has written many books, scholarly articles, and newspaper pieces.

The Duško Kondor Award for Affirmation of Civil Courage is being given to Milan Popović of Podgorica, Montenegro, because, although fully cognizant of the risk he was undertaking, he affirmed civil courage over many years, from the early 1990s, by the following:

  • He spoke out at an anti-war rally in 1991 in Titograd (now Podgorica) while other Montenegrins were gathering for the attack on Dubrovnik.
  • During the war he openly opposed Montenegrin pro-war policies and the support of the Greater Serbia project.
  • He was one of the most insistent voices in his calls for an independent Montenegro, and once independence was assured he opposed the criminals entrenched in the government and spoke out against all forms of violence endorsed by the Montenegrin regime.
  • With Esad Kočan and Kočo Pavlović he filed a lawsuit against the prime minister, the state prosecutor and others in the government who bear the greatest responsibility for the war crime of deporting and murdering about a hundred Bosnian refugees in 1992.
  • He stood up in the defense of Slobodan Pejović, police inspector, who had been speaking out for years about the crime of deportation, a position that resulted in a his public persecution.
  • In 2007 he resigned from the International League of Humanists following their decision to award Mile Đukanović and Svetozar Marović the highest acknowledgment for humanism.
  • Popović was moved by the suffering of Ibrahim Čikić, a blind man, who was accused by the Montenegrin government of subterfuge and, though innocent, was savagely tortured in 1994. Popović wrote Ibrahim, a moving novel about Čikić on evil, people, and hope.
  • Since 1991 he has been harassed in many ways, including death threats, but he continues to fight.

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