Tag Archives: Srebrenica

16 July 2015

UNSC fails to pass resolution condemning as genocide the crimes committed at Srebrenica in 1995

On 8 July 2015, the Security Council failed to pass a resolution – with 10 votes in favour, four abstentions (Angola, China, Nigeria and Venezuela) and the Russian Federation voting against – strongly condemning as genocide the crimes committed at Srebrenica, as established by judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice and all other proven war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the course of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The draft resolution  would have further agreed that ‘acceptance of the tragic events at Srebrenica as genocide is a prerequisite for reconciliation’. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | UN officials recall 'horror' of Srebrenica as Security Council fails to adopt measure condemning massacre
Source: UN News Centre | At Srebrenica memorial, UN Deputy Secretary-General urges action against future atrocities

10 July 2015

New intelligence on role of high government officials of UK, France and US concerning the fall of Srebrenica

New research of intelligence documents suggests that high government officials of the United Kingdom, France and the United States of America allowed Mladic and his army to proceed to the safe area of Srebrenica in 1995, while being aware of the risk of humanitarian disaster. (more…)

Source: The Guardian | Revealed: the role of the west in the runup to Srebrenica’s fall
Source: The Guardian | How Britain and the US decided to abandon Srebrenica to its fate
Source: Le sang de la realpolitik - L'affaire Srebrenica | Florence Hartmann | nouveauté E-pub disponible le 7 juillet 2015

24 July 2014

Dutch District Court holds the Netherlands responsible for more than 300 Srebrenica deaths

On 16 July 2014, the District Court of The Hague hold that the state of the Netherlands is responsible regarding the death of about 300 men, who were killed subsequent to their eviction from a compound near Srebrenica where Dutch peacekeepers of UNPROFOR (Dutchbat) were posted in 1995.

The case against the Netherlands was brought by the relatives of ten victims and the association ‘Mothers of Srebrenica’. This association has earlier brought claims against the United Nations before Dutch courts and the European Court of Human Rights, which have been rejected on the ground of immunity of the UN.

See here for the judgment in English.

See here for a SHARES blog written on this decision.

Source: Rechtspraak | Press Release | The Netherlands liable for deportation of more than three hundred men in Srebrenica | The Hague | 16-7-2014

19 July 2014

Dutch Court holds the Netherlands responsible for 300 Srebrenica deaths, and sets limits to future claims

UNPROFOR Dutchbat headquarters in Potočari

On 16 July 2014, the District Court of The Hague issued a decision holding the Dutch State responsible with regards to the death of about 300 men, who were killed following their eviction from a compound near Srebrenica where Dutch peacekeepers of UNPROFOR (Dutchbat) were stationed before evacuating it in July 1995. (more…)

7 September 2013

Responsibility of the Netherlands for the conduct of Dutchbat: overview of the Supreme Court decision

On 6 September 2013, the Dutch Supreme Court confirmed that the Netherlands was responsible in relation to the death of three Bosnians in Srebrenica. Finding no ground for cassation, it upheld the 2011 decisions of the Court of Appeal of The Hague, concluding the last stage of proceedings in the important cases of Nuhanović and Mustafić. These cases are remarkable in that a remedy is finally provided to some victims, but also because they comport a number of important findings for the debate on the shared responsibility of States and international organizations for the conduct of peacekeepers. Notably, the Supreme Court unequivocally recognizes the possibility of multiple attribution, notably under the test of effective control (para 3.11.2). (more…)

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