Wednesday 23 August 2017

Dutch state liable for Srebrenica deaths during massacre, says court in Netherlands

Refugees from Srebrenica gather around a Dutch armoured vehicle before the 1995 Srebrenica massacre(AP)
Refugees from Srebrenica gather around a Dutch armoured vehicle before the 1995 Srebrenica massacre(AP)

Svebor Kranjc

THE supreme court in Holland has ruled that the Dutch state can be held responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslim men who were ordered to leave a UN compound in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

The ruling upholds an earlier decision by an appeals court and could have an impact on future UN peacekeeping missions. States could be reluctant to participate in foreign military operations if their troops can be held responsible when things go wrong.

Dutch peacekeeping forces were in charge of a UN "safe area" when Bosnian Serb forces overran it in 1995 and killed 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the Srebrenica genocide, Europe's worst massacre since World War Two.

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