Ten women, all mothers, have won their appeal to sue the United Nations and the state of the Netherlands, for their role in the massacre at Srebrenica during the collapse of Yugoslavia. In July 1995, Yugoslavian soldiers commanded by Ratko Mladic, removed thousands of men and boys from their families in the Bosnian town, and murdered them.
Srebrenica was supposed to be a safe haven guaranteed by the United Nations, the mainly- Muslim people under the protection of Dutch UN forces. But thousands died. The Netherlands had pleaded that its soldiers were part of the United Nations force, and should not be open to specific legal action.
The women say the Dutch soldiers failed in their mission to protect the victims. Now, the War Crimes’ Court in the Hague has decided that the case should be heard.