Dutch Supreme Court ruled that Netherlands is Ten Percent responsible for Death of Srebrenica Men

July 19, 2019 1:00 PM

The Dutch supreme court has upheld a ruling that the Netherlands was partially responsible for 350 deaths in Bosnia’s Srebrenica genocide.

The court said the state had 10% liability, as this was the probability that its soldiers could have prevented the killings.

If Dutch forces had given the men the chance to stay in their compound, there was just a 10% chance they would not have fallen into the hands of the Serbs, and so the Dutch state should be liable for only that proportion of the damages suffered by the bereaved, the court ruled.

The Srebrenica victims for whom the Netherlands were responsible were removed from the base of the Dutch Battalion of the UN on July 13, 1995, after which they were killed.

This ratio was 30 percent in 2017.

More than 6,000 members of the Srebrenica genocide family sued the Netherlands in 2007, and seven years later, the The Hague District Court found that the Netherlands was responsible for the deaths of more than 300 men who had been deported by the Dutch battalion on 13 July 1995 from UN base knowing they will be killed.

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