Dutch Liable for Srebrenica Deaths

    Bosnian Muslim women cry near the coffin of their relative, one of the 175 coffins of newly identified victims from the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in Potocari Memorial Center, near Srebrenica, July 11, 2014
. Family members, foreign dignitaries and guests are expected to attend a ceremony in Srebrenica on Friday marking the 19th anniversary of the massacre in which Bosnian Serb forces commanded by military commander Ratko Mladic killed up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys. The remains of the 175 identified victims will be buried at a memorial cemetery during the ceremony, their bodies found in some 60 mass graves around the town. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT OBITUARY ANNIVERSARY) - RTR3Y4PK

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    On Wednesday, a Dutch court ruled that the Netherlands is liable for the death of more than 300 men who were taken from a Dutch compound in 1995 during the Bosnian war. The men, who were among the 8,000 Muslim men and boys slaughtered in Srebrenica, had found refuge in the Dutch peacekeeping force’s compound. However, peacekeepers allowed Bosnian Serbs to take the men away, and the court ruled that the peacekeepers were responsible for the subsequent deaths. As a result, the Netherlands was told to compensate the men’s families. However, the Netherlands was not found liable for the thousands of other deaths of those who were killed in the woods near the compound. The Srebrenica massacre was the worst in Europe since World War II.

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