Dutch government partially liable for Srebrenica massacre, appeals court rules

Dutch government partially liable for Srebrenica massacre, appeals court rules

The Dutch government is partially liable for the deaths of some 300 Muslim men murdered by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, an appeals court has ruled.

The ruling largely upheld a civil court's 2014 judgment that said the state was liable in the deaths of the Bosnian Muslim men who were turned over by Dutch UN peacekeepers to Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995 and subsequently killed.

Hague Appeals Court presiding judge Gepke Dulek says that because Dutch soldiers sent the men off the Dutch compound along with other refugees seeking shelter there, "they were deprived of the chance of survival".

The men were among around 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed by Bosnian Serb forces in Europe's worst massacre since the Second World War.

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