Thursday, December 18, 2014   

Dutch in the dock over slaughter of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in UN safe haven during Balkan conflict
(04-07 17:13)

Mothers and widows of men murdered in Europe's worst massacre since World War II are suing the Dutch government for failing to protect their husbands and sons during the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.
(Bosnians pray before 409 coffins of newly identified victims of the Srebrenica massacre in Potocari Memorial Center, near Srebrenica July 11, 2013).
The Dutch government at the time only accepted “political responsibility’’ for the bloodbath unleashed by Serbian forces commanded by General Ratko Mladic.
The civil case starting today in a Hague courtroom focuses on the failure of Dutch troops serving as United Nations peacekeepers to protect Muslim men in the UN protected enclave in eastern Bosnia from rebel Serbs who overran the town and killed some 8,000 men and boys.
Lawyers for a group called the Mothers of Srebrenica are demanding compensation for the women in a case that could set legal precedents for other peacekeeping missions.
Dutch judges threw out attempts by the women to also sue the United Nations, saying the world body has legal immunity.—AP

   
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