Dutch State Found Liable for Three Srebrenica Deaths

6 September 2013


The Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that the Netherlands was liable for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslim men killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in a ruling upholding a 2011 decision in an appeals court.  The three Bosnian Muslim men had been ordered to leave a UN compound run by Dutch peacekeeping forces when Bosnian Serb forces overran it. They were among thousands taking shelter in the compound. The prosecution argued that the three men should have been protected by the peacekeepers, while the Dutch government had argued that the soldiers were under United Nations’ control.

This final ruling means that relatives of the victims can now claim compensation from the Dutch state.


Dutch State Held Responsible for Death of Bosnian Muslims

July 5 2011


The Hague district court has ruled that the Netherlands can be held responsible for the death of three Bosnian Muslim men in the Srebenica massacre. The deaths occurred when in 1995 Bosnian Serb forces overran the UN ‘safe area’ under the watch of Dutch forces, killing 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. This case referred to three Bosnian Muslims who had taken shelter in the compound but were forced out by Dutch peacekeepers. While previous courts had ruled that the Dutch state was not responsible for the deaths because the soldiers were operating under a UN mandate, this recent ruling rather held the Dutch responsible, ordering the government to pay compensation to relatives of the deceased men. The verdict came as a surprise and could have implications for similar cases against the Dutch state.