Srebrenica victims commemorated

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Several organisations are holding their annual commemoration of the 1995 fall of the Srebrenica Muslim enclave in The Hague on Monday.

Srebrenica was under the protection of the Dutch UN battalion Dutchbat. In the days after its fall, nearly 8,000 men were taken away by Bosnian-Serb forces and executed. At the commemoration ceremony in The Hague, the names of 613 victims will be read out whose remains are to be buried at the Potocari cemetery. The bodies were recovered from mass graves in the past few months.

One of the survivors of the genocide, Fahrudin Alic, will give a speech at the commemoration ceremony.

Bosnian-Serb general Ratko Mladic who was in command of the troops who carried out the genocide was recently arrested and transferred to the Yugoslavia Tribunal in The Hague. And last week the Hague court of appeals ruled that the state of the Netherlands was liable for the deaths of three men in Srebrenica.

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