It says here that the Royal Netherlands Government hass been found liable for the deaths of 300 victims of the Srebrenica massacre, because their "DUTCHBAT" (Dutch battalion) did not protect the Bosnian Muslims under their "protection" when the city fell in 1995, leading to the genocide of the men in that city.
This is a hard one for me. On the one hand, my position on Srebrenica is well known and can be found here on my blog: the Bosnian Serbs, a catspaw for the nationalist-communists in Belgrade, committed genocide in Srebrenica when they killed the men they captured execution-style. (Those unarmed men they killed while they were fleeing, about 2000 or so, are a bit more problematic, but never mind.)
Nevertheless, it was a planned operation; it wasn't an orgy of murder and the sack of a city, but a calculated decision taken at the highest levels of the Serb governments (Serbia and Republika Srpska) fighting in Bosnia at the time.
I also think the behavior of DUTCHBAT, the peacekeepers guarding those people, was utterly shameful. They should have died honorably with the people they were guarding instead of acting like King Arthur and the Kniggits of the Round Table encountering the rabbit.
But does the Government of the Netherlands owe money for their deaths? I don't know about that. I am very fond of the idea of personal and direct responsibility: the Serb V Army ("Drina Corps") carried out the deed at the orders of the Srpska government. THEY are the ones responsible. If the Dutch governnment, under Dutch law, are now to pay money for the failure of the Dutchbat to defend them, I suppose that's lawful.
But I'd rather see the entire Srpska government (that part of Bosnia now under Serb control) as well as Serbia itself be forced to pay heavy restitution both to the victims and their families and to the rest of Bosnia for the stupid, evil and unnecessary war they started.
But that ain't gonna happen. Alas.
My Bosnian FB friends might have more to say (they know who they are). I'll sum this up in short: It's some justice, but not enough. Not. nearly. enough.