A civil court in the Hague has ruled that the Dutch state is not responsible for the deaths of Muslim refugees massacred by Bosnian Serb troops at Srebrenica.
Dutch UN peacekeepers, who were supposed to be protecting the population of Srebrenica, allowed Muslim men and boys to be taken away by Bosnian Serb troops in 1995.
Some 8,000 of the prisoners were then executed, and thrown into communal graves.
The survivors who brought the case against the Netherlands said the Dutch state was responsible for the soldiers’ acts, but a judge today ruled otherwise.
In July, the court said a case could not be brought against the UN.