Demonstration and Commemoration of the Start of the Syrian Revolution in Amsterdam on 20 March 2016

Demonstration and Commemoration of the Start of the Syrian Revolution in Amsterdam on 20 March 2016

 

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This concerns a short account of the Commemoration on the start of the Syrian Revolution on 15 March 2011, organized by the Syrian Committee in the Netherlands (www.syrischecomite.nl) on March 20th 2016 at the Westermarkt in Amsterdam (12:00 – 13:30), followed by a debate co-organized by Amnesty International in the Netherlands (13:00 – 17:00)

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Lost in Translation: Srebrenica, an interpreter, a secret deal and a conference in The Hague

Lost in Translation: Srebrenica, an interpreter, a secret deal and a conference in The Hague

July 22, 2015, The Hague, the Netherlands.

© Fred Rohde 2015  http://www.fredrohde.nl/ Members of Marš Mira (marsmira2013@gmail.com) arrive at 20th Srebrenica commemoration in The Hague, 11 July 2015

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Members of Marš Mira / Peace March for Srebrenica (marsmira2013@gmail.com) arrive at the 20th Srebrenica commemoration in The Hague, 11 July 2015

 

In The Hague in late June, an international conference on Srebrenica took place at the ‘The Hague Institute for Global Justice’. Invited were several dozen politicians, civil servants and military officers who played a key role before, during and after the fall of Srebrenica on July 11, 1995, during which Bosnian-Serb and Serbian forces killed more than 8,000 Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) despite the presence of the Dutch UN peacekeeping contingent commonly known as ‘Dutchbat’. Among the conference’s participants were former Dutchbat Commander Thom Karremans and former Dutch Defense Minister Joris Voorhoeve. Muhamed Durakovic was the sole Srebrenica survivor allowed to attend this gathering, which largely took place behind closed doors.

However, Hasan Nuhanovic, a former interpreter for Dutchbat, was not allowed to attend the conference. He recently won a lawsuit against the Dutch State along with other relatives of Rizo Mustafic and Ibro and Muhamed Nuhanovic who died in this genocide. The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled on September 6, 2013 that these three men were wrongly evicted from the Dutchbat compound after the fall of the enclave and so went to meet certain death.

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