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.
The government also emphasised that current negotiations about the divorce are "inextricably" linked to future trade arrangements and should therefore be discussed at the same time.
The boat carrying Iraqis and Syrians, including 23 children, was intercepted late Sunday in the Black Sea in Romania's southeastern Constanta region, officials said.
The former Prime Minister of Kosovo, Bajram Rexhepi, died at 63 in Turkey, where he was being treated in a hospital after a cerebral hemorrhage that put him into coma.
Juba refuses that UN-approved Regional Protection Forces be deployed to capital's airport
Abderrahman Mechkah, who came to Finland from Morocco in 2016, receiving medical treatment after being shot by police
Former Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov will take up responsibilities as ambassador
"I am resigning due to the fact that I am running for the presidency. I do not have the moral right to remain in this post," Jeenbekov said in a speech to parliament shown by state broadcaster KTR.
The pontiff said humanitarian corridors should be set up for those in need -- a move that could prevent the deaths of people attempting perilous journeys across deserts and seas.
Incident at bus stops in Marseille; local prosecutor rules out terrorism
She said she was "angered" by German auto giants who in the "dieselgate" scandal either broke the law or used legal loopholes, but also pointed to the at least 800,000 jobs in the crucial industrial sector.
UK government says distinctive historic bell, which rang out across British capital for 157 years, needs repairs
Nigerian leader was in London for more than 3 months due to health reasons
Iraqi army launched a military operation on Sunday to capture Tal Afar
Reports suggest manhunt for attacker widened to include southern Europe
Prime Minister Theresa May told 'decisive action' needed on faulty electrical appliances after tower block fires