Friday, June 01, 2007

Duty of Care Meets R2P: Families of Srebrenica victims to sue Dutch, U.N.

'Families of the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia will sue the Dutch state and the United Nations, which they blame in part for allowing the killings to happen, lawyers said on Friday. The law firm representing a group of about 6,000 family members said it would file a civil suit in the Netherlands on Monday.'

This is the inevitable next chapter, not only for Srebrenica, but also for humanitarian agencies, peacekeeping forces, governments, inter-governmental organizations et al. Clearly, 'doing good' is not enough and we see here a core question of 'How far does this responsibility to protect go? Who is responsible to whom' Are the United Nations, the Department of Peackeeping Operations, a troop-donating agency or their country of origin lialbe for the failure to bring to life the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)?

One place to look for some guidance is the organization IO Watch, who looks at these issues. Specifically, 'Pursuing the rule of law and management accountability in the United Nations and other international organizations.'