Relatives of Srebrenica victims are asking prosecutors in the Netherlands to charge Dutch U.N. peacekeepers with war crimes for the 1995 massacre in Bosnia.
Dutch troops are alleged to have stood by at the U.N.-proclaimed “safe haven” when Bosnian Serbs overran it and killed 8,000 Muslim men and boys.
Lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld says she has given prosecutors new evidence implicating the soldiers. The Dutch soldiers so far have not been considered criminal suspects.
A U.N. court has convicted Bosnian Serbs officers of genocide at Srebrenica. Dutch courts have rejected civil suits against the government and U.N.
Prosecuting the Dutch peacekeepers would be seen to be grossly unfair by a lot of people. Their lack of action was due to decisions taken way above their heads. If they are implicated, it would mean the UN itself should be implicated as accessories to war crimes.
Some would say that might be entirely appropriate in the sad case of Srebrenica.