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Europe HR court accepts Srebrenica survivors appeal
Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:29PM
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The fact that our appeal has been accepted is very important for us and it’s very important that Europe and the world show respect to us mothers."

Head of the Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa Association Munira Subasic

The European Court of Human Rights has accepted an appeal lodged by the Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa Association, Press TV reports.


The Bosnian association filed an appeal against a verdict by the Dutch Supreme Court in April that granted absolute immunity from prosecution to Dutch UN peacekeepers who were deployed in Srebrenica during the Bosnian war.

The European Court of Human Rights says it has accepted the appeal and will take it into consideration as soon as possible.

“The fact that our appeal has been accepted is very important for us and it’s very important that Europe and the world show respect to us mothers,” said head of the Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa Association Munira Subasic.

Survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide made the appeal in October in an attempt to bring those responsible for the massacre to justice.

“We know what happened in the war in 1995 in Srebrenica,” Subasic said. “UN may be this big institution, but it must take responsibility for what happened. If the court in Strasbourg issues a fair verdict then we will say we are like any other, but if they issue a political verdict we will say it’s because we are Muslims.”

Mothers of Srebrenica say they are making history by suing the world body in Strasbourg since they are not getting any support from the government.

Nearly two decades have passed since the Serbian Army slaughtered more than eight thousand Muslims in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.

The destructive war began in 1992 and lasted till late 1995, leading to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Bosnian citizens, many of them women and children.

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