Nebojša Popov

Nebojša Popov was born in 1939 in Zrenjanin. He earned his degree at the Faculty of Law of Belgrade University and received his doctorate from the Faculty of Philosophy of Zagreb University.

A member of the Praxis group in Zagreb and of the Association for Yugoslav Democratic Initiative, he has been one of the foremost fighters for human rights and labor rights, and one of the preeminent sociologists, a founder of Republika and for many years its editor. Republika is a „periodical for civil self-liberation – against fear, hatred and violence.“ For his journalism he has been given a number of prestigious awards – the Dušan Bogavac award for ethical action and courage, the SEEMO Journalism award, conferred by the South East Europe Media Organization. He was declared a “knight of the profession.” Popov is the recipient of the Konstantin Obradović award for advancing the culture of human rights that is awarded by the Belgrade Center for Human Rights. He is author of several books including Contra fatum, Srpska strana rata [The Serbian Side of the War], Iskušavanje slobode [Testing Freedom]...

The Duško Kondor Award for Civil Courage is being given to Nebojša Popov from Belgrade because, although fully cognizant of the risk he was undertaking, he demonstrated civil courage by the following:

  • He has worked tirelessly on democratizing the societies where he has lived – first socialist Yugoslav society, then nationalist Serbian society.
  • During the time of Yugoslavia he was secretary to the editorial board of the Praxis group. Those who were affiliated with Praxis were thought to be dissidents. Their objective was to encourage critical discourse about Yugoslav socialism in order to advance it.
  • For many years he was a member of the Administrative Board of the Korčula Summer School. This was a gathering place for free philosophical thought. It was banned in the mid-Seventies.
  • He was one of the founders of the Association for Yugoslav Democratic Initiative, the first independent political association in Yugoslavia. Its goal was to find a peaceful solution for the Yugoslav crisis.
  • During the siege of Sarajevo he founded a citizen's group called: To Live in Sarajevo, which organized protests against the attacks on Sarajevo and took part in organizing various forms of aid to the people of Sarajevo. As part of the activity of the group he organized and took the first Belgrade anti-war group to visit besieged Sarajevo.
  • He organized a series of actions, discussions and round tables calling for an end to the war.
  • In the middle of the Balkan wars he supported and was involved in women's movements for independent organizing and gender equality.
  • He stood up in defense of the right to the freedom of opinion including the views of those whose politics he did not share.
  • With his activities he has marked almost a half century of fighting for freedom, democracy, human rights, and labor rights.
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