Selection of cases

ECHR-complaint against decision not to prosecute Karremans c.s.

Lawyers Liesbeth Zegveld and Tomasz Kodrzycki have filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the surviving relatives of three Muslim men who were killed by the Bosnian-Serb army after the fall of the Srebrenica-enclave. The complaint is summarized as follows:

"The refusal properly to investigate, under criminal law, the involvement of Karremans c.s. in the deaths of the applicants’ family members in Srebrenica in 1995 with a view to prosecuting them for these crimes, constitutes a violation of Article 2 of the Convention (the right to life), in particular the duty duly to investigate fatal incidents by carrying out an independent and effective investigation."

Read the full summary here.

ECHR-complaint against decision not to prosecute Karremans c.s.

ECHR-complaint against decision not to prosecute Karremans c.s.

Lawyers Liesbeth Zegveld and Tomasz Kodrzycki have filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the surviving relatives of three Muslim men who were killed by the Bosnian-Serb army after the fall of the Srebrenica-enclave. The complaint is summarized as follows:

"The refusal properly to investigate, under criminal law, the involvement of Karremans c.s. in the deaths of the applicants’ family members in Srebrenica in 1995 with a view to prosecuting them for these crimes, constitutes a violation of Article 2 of the Convention (the right to life), in particular the duty duly to investigate fatal incidents by carrying out an independent and effective investigation."

Read the full summary here.

Closing chapter civil proceedings Srebrenica-cases (Nuhanović / Mustafić)

More than 20 years after the fall of the Srebrenica-enclave, the Dutch government has apologized to Hasan Nuhanović and the family Mustafić, surviving relatives of three Muslim men who were expelled from the Dutch/UN-compound in July 1995 and were murdered by Bosnian-Serb soldiers. The surviving relatives have also been compensated for their damages. They were represented by lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld

Annex [in Dutch]

Previously

Apologies Dutch government to Hasan Nuhanovic and family Mustafic

Apologies Dutch government to Hasan Nuhanovic and family Mustafic

After 14 years of litigation, the Dutch government apologized to Hasan Nuhanovic and family Mustafic. Their male family members were expelled from the Dutch/UN compound in Srebrenica in July 1995. Outside the compound they were taken away by the Bosnian-Serb army, who killed them. The Dutch government now said it regretted that the refugees had to leave the compound and paid compensation to the family members.

Complaint against decision not to prosecute Dutchbatters in connection with death of Muslim men at Srebrenica rejected

The complaint against the decision not to prosecute Dutchbatters for the deaths of Muslim men at Srebrenica that was filed last year by Hasan Nuhanović and the family Mustafić, has been rejected by the appeals court in Arnhem.  The surviving relatives are represented by lawyers Liesbeth Zegveld and Göran Sluiter.  
Liesbeth Zegveld: "It is a sad day for judicial control of military operations. If this case does not call for a full investigation, then perhaps it would be better to abolish criminal law for our military forces. What everyone knew - that the Bosnian Serbs were out to get the Muslim men - the Dutchbat leadership did not know, according to the appeals court. The family Mustafić and Nuhanović were terrified on 13 July 1995, but Dutchbat did not have to fear for their fates and was allowed to send them off the compound, according to the appeals court. Whereas we continue to prosecute criminals from the Second World War, this appeals court also thinks the events in question happened too long ago.  We shall submit the case to the European Court of Human Rights."
Read the decision by the appeals court here [in Dutch] and here [English translation].