DID YOU KNOW?  -- Three years before the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide, Serbs torched Bosniak villages and killed at least 3,166 Bosniaks around Srebrenica. In 1993, the UN described the besieged situation in Srebrenica as a "slow-motion process of genocide." In July 1995, Serbs forcibly expelled 25,000 Bosniaks, brutally raped many women and girls, and systematically killed 8,000+ men and boys (DNA confirmed).

09 April, 2009



Statement of Appeal in Srebrenica case filed today

In the legal proceedings brought by the Mothers of Srebrenica against the State of the Netherlands and the United Nations, the District Court in The Hague ruled in first instance that the United Nations have absolute immunity and therefore can never be summoned before any court of law. The Mothers of Srebrenica have appealed this judgement. The Court of Appeal in The Hague is addressing this legal matter. The Statement of Appeal will be filed today (the English version of the Statement will be published soon on our website).

In their appeal, the Mothers of Srebrenica draw support from the judgement of the European Court of Justice of 3 September 2008 (Kadi & Al-Barakaat) in which the European Court ruled that the UN does not have absolute immunity. In the case Al-Barakaat the European Court ruled among other things that an absolute immunity is not legitimate. The European Court furthermore ruled that an effective remedy is a fundamental right within the legal order of the European Community, which may not be violated. In view of this ruling, the argument that the UN can uphold its immunity successfully cannot be upheld.

Amsterdam, 7 April 2009

Dr. Axel Hagedorn & Marco Gerritsen
Van Diepen Van der Kroef Advocaten
Dijsselhofplantsoen 14-18
1077 BL Amsterdam
Tel +31 (0)20 5747474
Fax +31 (0)20 5747475


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Continue your research:
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2. Dutch graffiti and a sickening legacy of the United Nations in Srebrenica
3. U.N. & Dutch complicity in the Srebrenica genocide
4. Court dismisses legal immunity for the United Nations and the Netherlands
5. Srebrenica genocide survivors sue Netherlands and the United Nations
6. Mothers of Srebrenica vs Netherlands: Case Dismissed

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