The Dutch government is being sued for compensation by an organisation representing the families of some 8,000 Muslim Bosnian males massacred at Srebrenica in 1995. The plaintiffs, the Mothers of Srebrenica, claim that the Dutch army failed to protect the victims from the Bosnian Serb army and are therefore culpable in the atrocity.
Munira Subasic, from the organisation Mothers of Srebrenica, said:“We think that they should form a fund to act in the same way as happened for Jews after World War II, so that people can get compensation for their murdered relatives. No-one can pay us for our children but they can pay for our suffering, our pain, and for waiting 19 years before hearing from the Netherlands the truth about what really happened under their protection, their flag, in front of their eyes. And they are still silent.”
The Dutch government says the country has no responsibility for the events because their soldiers were working for the UN in Srebrenica at the time of the massacre when they were over-run by the Bosnian Serb army. The judgement in the case is not expected until later in the year.