Bosnia and Herzegovina: Response to decision that Dutch government was ‘partially liable’ for Srebrenica massacre

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Response to decision that Dutch government was ‘partially liable’ for Srebrenica massacre

In response to a finding by The Hague Court of Appeal largely upholding a civil court judgement from 2014, which found the state was liable for the murder of around 300 men in Srebrenica, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe Director said: “More than two decades after the Srebrenica massacre, this decision establishes that peacekeepers can be held responsible for a failure to protect civilians and that their governments can and will be held to account for their conduct.”

“Whilst a court decision such as this cannot bring back the dead, it is more than just a symbolic step. It draws an important line in the sand and may help ensure that such crimes do not happen again, especially not on the watch of international peacekeeping forces.”