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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Dutch appeals court held state liable for deaths of 3 Bosniaks at Srebrenica
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On July 5, 2011, the Hague Appeals Court ruled that the Netherlands is liable for the death of three Bosniak men during the Srebrenica massacre. The three Bosniaks were part of a group of 5,000 who took refuge in a region controlled by the Dutch battalion when General Ratko Mladic invaded Srebrenica. The Hague Appeals Court had previously held that the UN was immune from prosecution for claims brought by the families of those killed in Srebrenica. Relatives of those kiiled have continued to seek justice for the actions of the Dutch battalion during the massacre, which ultimately resulted in the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

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