08 October 2014 by Sandra Milic, The Hague (The Netherlands)
Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) last week demanded a life sentence for former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. He faces charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity during the bloody 1992-1995 Bosnian war.
A recent ruling by a Netherlands court on the responsibilities of peacekeepers has implications for future operations worldwide, says researcher Lenneke Sprik, who specializes in the laws governing peacekeeping and humanitarian interventions.
Criticism in Bosnia of national war crimes prosecutions has been mounting, with victims’ organizations saying Sarajevo is not doing enough to bring all perpetrators in the bloody 1992-1995 conflict to justice and the European Union last month noting an “unsatisfactory pace”.