#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE – July 16 – The Hague has ruled that the Netherlands was accountable for the deaths of over 300 victims of the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 reported RT.
The hearing came as families of the victims accuse the Dutch government accusing its UN peacekeepers of failing to protect their relatives.
The UN protected the Muslim enclave until July 11, 1995 when it was overrun by ethnic Serb forces.
English: Women at the monument for victims of the July 1995 Srebrenica Massacre. At the annual memorial ceremony in Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina. July 11, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered by ethnic Serb troops in 1995.
Serb forces commander Ratko Mladic is currently on trial on genocide and war crimes.
(Guardian) Reported that the Netherlands has been ordered to pay compensation for the deaths of Bosnian Muslims in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in a ruling that opens up the Dutch state to compensation claims from relatives of the rest of the 8,000 men and youths who died.
The judgement by the Dutch supreme court is the final decision in a protracted claim brought by relatives of three Muslim men who were expelled by Dutch soldiers from a United Nations compound during the Balkans conflict, then killed by Bosnian Serb forces.
Although the case related only to the murder of three victims, it sets the precedent that countries that provide troops for UN missions can be held responsible for their conduct.
The case was brought by Hasan Nuhanovic, an interpreter who lost his brother and father, and relatives of Rizo Mustafic, an electrician who was killed. They argued that all three men should have been protected by Dutch peacekeepers. Mustafic and Nuhanovic were employed by the Dutch, but Nuhanovic’s father and brother were not.