From next week, relatives of victims of the Srebrenica massacre can report the case for compensation. The Waterman Committee, which carried out this work on behalf of the Department of Defense, today announced the details of the arrangement.
The plan specifically targets the close relatives of approximately 350 men who were in the Dutchbat compound in Potocari during the fall of Srebrenica on July 13, 1995. These Bosnian Muslim men took refuge in the United Nations enclave led by the Netherlands, hoping to escape the Serbs led by General Mladic. However, they fell into the hands of the Serbs and were killed, just like the 8,000 victims.
In 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that the Dutch government failed to protect these civilians because the Dutchbat leadership did not let them choose to stay in the compound. The judge estimated that if they stayed in the yard, the chance that their lives would have been spared was 10%. This is why the Netherlands must compensate 10% of the damage suffered by close relatives.
To avoid paying compensation for too long, the Waterman Commission has established general rules based on estimated material and non-material losses. Widows receive 15,000 euros, and surviving relatives who have lost their father, son or brother are entitled to 10,000 euros.
The committee already wants to start the payment in March, but relatives including “Srebrenica’s mother” Dissatisfied Because they can only apply for benefits once, even if they have lost several family members.
Waterman Committee Chairman Silvia Waterman said in a statement: “Consultations have been conducted with mothers and relatives organizations. The result is a simpler arrangement with fewer conditions.” NOS Radio1 News.
“The regulations of the Ministry of National Defense and the State Department stipulate that under certain circumstances, you can make more than one request. Therefore, a wife who has lost her husband and son can make two requests.”
From next Monday, relatives of victims of the fall of Srebrenica can apply for compensation. Since many relatives left their country after the Balkan War, the committee will actively announce the plan in twelve countries. Due to corona, this still happens online and through embassies.
Watch a summary of the Srebrenica incident here: