Srebrenica mothers lodge damages claim
10 November 2003 , AMSTERDAM — The Mothers of Srebrenica pressure group intends to submit a EUR 875 million compensation claim against the United Nations and the Dutch government for the massacre of about 7,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian enclave in 1995
10 November 2003
AMSTERDAM — The Mothers of Srebrenica pressure group intends to submit a EUR 875 million compensation claim against the United Nations and the Dutch government for the massacre of about 7,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian enclave in 1995
Dutch peacekeeping troops were dispatched to protect Bosnian Muslims sheltering in the UN-designated safe area of Srebrenica, but surrendered to the heavily-armed Serbian invaders without firing a shot in July 1995. In the confusion that followed, the Serbs separated all of the males from the women and slaughtered the men and boys.
The Srebrenica massacre was the worst case of genocide since World War II and a report from the Dutch Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) placed much of the blame for the bloodshed on the Dutch government, military commanders and the UN. The report led to the fall of the Wim Kok coalition cabinet in April 2002.
Meanwhile, lawyers representing the Srebrenica survivors said in Sarajevo on Saturday that the complaint against the UN is being lodged with US courts, while the compliant against the Dutch government is being submitted to the Dutch judicial system. They are demanding USD 1 billion (EUR 875 million) in compensation.
One of the lawyers representing the Srebrenica survivors, US international rights professor Francis Boyle, previously tried in vain in the Yugoslavia War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague to have the commander of the Dutchtbat troops, Thom Karremans, held accountable for the massacre.
Another lawyer, Semir Guzin, said that a large amount of material had been prepared for possible court cases. Evidence and legal foundations of the compensation claim have been prepared, he said.
The Mothers of Srebrenica will be represented by a team of international lawyers, including American and Dutch nationals.
[Copyright Expatica News 2003]
Subject: Dutch news and Srebrenica