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Dutch court rules Netherlands responsible for four Srebrenica deaths

An appeals court in the Netherlands has ruled the Dutch state responsible for the deaths of three Muslims during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The Netherlands provided troops for international forces in eastern Bosnia at the time of the killings by Bosnian Serb forces.

AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff

Ruling in a case brought by the victims’ families, the court said it had found the state "responsible for the death of three Muslims after the fall of Srebrenica", which was under the protection of Dutch UN peacekeepers.

The massacre took place during the war that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia under the leadership of Ratko Mladic, who faces genocide and other charges at a UN war crimes court at the moment.

Dutch troops stood by as Mladic's forces separated Srebrenica's population along gender lines in preparation for killing the men and boys, later leaving the town.

The International court of Justice and the International Court for the former Yugoslavia have previously declared the killings acts of genocide, with the “specific intent to destroy in part the group of the Muslims of Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

In 2010 the Serb parliament officially apologised for the massacre.

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