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Srebrenica, a "Safe Area"

11 July 1995
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On 11 July 1995 the Bosnian Serbian army entered the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica. Thousands of Muslims sought protection in the compound of the Dutch UN peace mission. Dutchbat stood idly by while the men were separated from the women and children and taken away in buses. The Bosnian Serbs murdered more than 7000 defenseless men as the Dutch soldiers returned home at the end of July amidst elaborate praise. On 10 April 2002 the NIOD (Dutch Institute for War Documentation) published an official research report, "Srebrenica, a 'safe area'". One week later Prime Minister Wim Kok, who was prime minister during the terrifying disgrace in 1995 as well, decided to resign.