Proceedings against Dutch state for Srebrenica genocide starts

The government said that it had no official control of its troops because they were "blue helmets" taking part in a United Nations peacekeeping mission during the Bosnian war.

Proceedings against Dutch state for Srebrenica genocide starts

World Bulletin / News Desk

The latest attempt of the families of those killed in Srebrenica to get compensation was heard Monday at the The Hague District Court. 

Some 6,000 relatives of the approximately 8,000 men and boys slain by Bosnian Serb forces in the Srebrenica safe haven in July 1995 are seeking to hold the Dutch government liable because its troops failed to prevent the slayings.

The civil proceedings against the Dutch state being heard on Monday had been put on hold pending the outcome of the case against the UN. The mothers of Srebrenica had fought since 2007 a battle to get the U.N. to admit liability. 

Dutch courts have previously refused to hear a request by the Mothers of Srebrenica to prosecute the United Nations for the killings, saying the international organisation had immunity. Last year the Strasbourg-based European court of human rights agreed with that immunity decision.

Lawyers for the relatives are demanding compensation in a case that could set legal precedents for other peacekeeping missions. A verdict is expected in July

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