World Bulletin / News Desk
Relatives of Bosnian Muslims massacred in the town of Srebrenica sued the Netherlands on Thursday at the European Court of Human Rights over a Dutch court ruling that said the United Nations had immunity from prosecution.
Some 8,000 Muslim boys and men were killed by Serb forces in July 1995 in an area protected by Dutch UN peacekeepers that the United Nations had declared a "safe haven".
Lawyers for the group had tried to sue the United Nations in the Netherlands for failing to stop the killing. But the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that the United Nations could not be prosecuted by a national court, ending the effort to hold it to account for failing to prevent the genocide.
Dutch lawyers for the Mothers of Srebrenica survivors' group said they were suing the Netherlands over the decision for "granting absolute immunity to the United Nations".
"The denial of justice is even more horrendous because the United Nations is denying them all legal recourse," the Van Diepen-Van der Kroef law firm said in a statement.
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg said it had received the complaint.
The slaughter of Muslims, judged an act of genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, was the worst atrocity of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, in which about 100,000 people died.
Dutch U.N. peacekeepers were unable to prevent attacking Serb fighters from occupying Srebrenica, separating Bosnian Muslim men from women and taking them in buses to dozens of execution sites.
Last year, a Dutch court found the Dutch state responsible for the deaths of three victims, opening the way for compensation claims over the failed peacekeeping mission.
Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev says Kiev's action will not affect payment of wages and pensions.
The businessman, an Indian national, resigned his post of managing director of Galfar Engineering and Contracting after his January conviction and sentence
UAE asked all its citizens working with Qatari media outlets to resign from their jobs immediately, while Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Information has issued a decision banning Saudi writers and columnists from writing for Qatari newspapers
Erdogan said Turkey was prepared to help the international contact group given his country's close relationships with Ukraine and Russia
Obama has said a referendum on Crimea would violate international law and the Ukrainian constitution while Putin defends Crimea's decision to hold referendum
"The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears to indicate that the aircraft is likely to have disintegrated at around 35,000 feet," said the source
Moussa Abu Marzouq moved to Cairo from Damascus after the popular uprising against Bashar al-Assad.
The source said the nuns had been transferred to the Lebanese town of Arsal earlier in the week and were on their way to Syria
The attacker approached a main checkpoint at a northern entrance to the city and detonated the minibus
Libya's prosecutor-general Abdel-Qadir Radwan on Saturday authorized the use of force against the tanker.
The clash occurred when militants approached the compound in Lawdar town with suicide belts, hand grenades and explosive devices
Jarba urged Arab countries to designate Lebanon's Hezbollah group and ISIL as "terrorist organizations"
Acting Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh said the only troop movements that might be seen would be from one base to another to take part in the training exercises.
Malaysian investigators, assisted by the FBI, are probing the identities of four passengers in particular, two travellers with European passports, possibly Ukrainian, in addition to two travelling on stolen Austrian and Italian passports
The two-day Arab summit meeting will kick off in Kuwait on March 25. Qatar's top diplomat a no-show at Arab FMs meeting afterSaudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Doha
Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, vice president since 2009, had been a top commander in the Northern Alliance, a group of anti-Taliban militia leaders, during the civil war