The Dutch Supreme Court on July 19 upheld a lower court’s ruling that the Netherlands was partially responsible for the deaths of some 350 Muslim men murdered by the Bosnian Serb forces during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
Presiding Judge Kees Streefkerk said that Dutch United Nations peacekeepers were partially liable for the deaths as they evacuated Muslim refugees from their military base near Srebrenica despite knowing that they “were in serious jeopardy of being abused and murdered,” AP has reported.
According to the court’s ruling, the state bore 10% liability, as this was the probability that its soldiers could have prevented the killings, BBC has reported.
The Supreme Court reduced the liability of the Netherlands to 10 percent from 30 percent previously set by an appeals court in 2017, AFP has reported.
With its ruling, the Supreme Court also lowered the amount of the potential compensation for the damages suffered by the bereaved.