Lost in Translation: Srebrenica, an interpreter, a secret deal and a conference in The Hague
July 22, 2015, The Hague, the Netherlands.
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.