Dutch Supreme Court Reduces Responsibility of the Netherlands In 1995 Srebrenica Massacre

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Thursday, August 1, 2019
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
8
Abstract: 

On July 18, 2019, the Dutch Supreme Court delivered a judgment that confirmed the Netherlands was partly liable for the deaths in 1995 of 350 Muslim males who were expelled from a Dutch U.N. base after the surrounding area was overrun by Bosnian Serb troops. Contrarily, from the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court reduced the state’s liability for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian war, saying peacekeepers (also known as Dutchbat) only had a “slim” chance of preventing the deaths of hundreds of Muslim men. Judges reduced the Dutch state’s responsibility from 30 percent to 10 percent for compensation to the families of the 350 victims killed by Bosnian Serb forces who overran the safe haven.