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.


On 13 July 1995, Rizo Mustafic, an electrician working at the UN compound in Potocari, near Srebrenica, was expelled from the camp by a Dutch officer. Not long after, he was killed. Today, members of his family, together with a former UN interpreter at the military base, Hasan Nuhanovic, are making a legal bid before a Dutch national court in The Hague to claim damages. Aware of the political and financial consequences such a precedent could have for the Dutch state, the court has examined witness testimony carefully. One 10 July, the plaintiffs announced their decision to go to trial.

17 November 2010 by Linawati Sidarto

Survivors of a massacre by Dutch soldiers in an Indonesian village over six decades ago are demanding official apologies and reparations through a landmark court case ongoing in The Hague. The Dutch state claims that the case has exceeded its statute of limitation, but legal experts accuse The Hague of being arbitrary.