The Dutch State bears very limited liability in the ‘Mothers of Srebrenica’ case. That liability is limited to 10 percent of the damages suffered by the surviving relatives of approximately 350 victims. That is what the Supreme Court ruled today.

The case
The case regards the events surrounding the fall of the city of Srebrenica on 11 July 1995 and the subsequent evacuation from Dutchbat’s ‘mini safe area’ in the days that followed. The main issue was whether the Dutch State could be held (fully or partly) liable to the surviving relatives of the Muslim men who were murdered at that time by Bosnian Serbs. The surviving relatives believe that Dutchbat did too little to repulse the Bosnian Serbs’ advance and protect the population. They also contend that Dutchbat acted unlawfully by cooperating with the evacuation of the refugees who had fled to Dutchbat’s mini safe area in Poto