THE HAGUE, July 10 – Two families of victims of Bosnia’s Srebrenica massacre will sue the Dutch government for failing to offer sufficient protection to their relatives, their lawyer told Dutch television Sunday.
«They had the right to be protected because they were employed by the battalion of the Dutch UN peacekeepers,» said Liesbeth Zegveld on the public NOS channel, the day before the 10th anniversary of the massacre.
Dutch peacekeepers were assigned by the United Nations to protect the local population of Srebrenica where 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed after the enclave was taken by Bosnian Serb rebels on July 11, 1995.
The family of Rizo Mustafic, an electrician employed by the Dutch peacekeeping force who the soldiers refused to evacuate, is one of those taking legal action for damages.
Husan Nuhanovic, a translator for the Dutch battalion, is the second person to take legal action against the government. Members of his family were not evacuated with the Dutch troops and were subsequently killed.(afp)