Srebrenica Mothers - abandoned

06 June 2011 by Selma Leydesdorff

In 2007 lawyers for the survivors of the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica took their case  to the District Court in the Hague.  It had been expected that the survivors would take legal action against the Netherlands, after the presentation of the NIOD report in 2002, which angered members of the association Mothers of Srebrenica.  The public inquiry in 2002 concluded that the Dutch government held political responsibility for the Srebrenica massacre and blamed the UN for failing to protect the Muslim civilians.

They had come by bus to the Netherlands to listen to how the Dutch officially reported on the failure to protect the town that had been declared a UN ‘safe haven’ during the Bosnian war. Since then, they have been fighting for the world’s attention. The Mothers claim they were abandoned, not only at the time of the genocide but also in the years after.

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