The Dutch government said on Friday that it will not appeal a court's ruling that Dutch military unlawfully bombed an Afghan residential complex in 2007, killing some 20 civilians, in a civil case brought by four survivors.
According to an AP report, the District Court of The Hague found in November that the late-night attack violated international humanitarian law. The court sided with four survivors of the attack who sued the Dutch state for compensation.
In a letter to lawmakers Friday, Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren said that 15 years after the attack, the ministry “does not have any further or additional information to substantiate the fact that the quala was a military target at that time.”
“The State will therefore not lodge an appeal. The State will comply with the court’s ruling by proceeding to pay compensation. The extent of the damage has yet to be determined,” Ollongren wrote.
According to the report, these people were killed in Chora district of Uruzgan province.
Meanwhile, a number of families of the victims in Uruzgan province want the perpetrators of this incident to be brought to court.
A resident of Uruzgan, Baz Mohammad, said he lost four of his family members in the Dutch soldiers' bombardment and is now seeking compensation.
“Four members of my family including my mother were killed,” Baz Mohammad said.
Some family members of NATO attacks also said that those responsible for such crimes should be held accountable.
“They should be brought to justice, we want justice,” said Mohammad Dawood, a resident of Uruzgan.
"They should be brought to court and any decision made by the court is acceptable to us,” said Asadullah, another resident of Uruzgan.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate said that there are many such incidents in the country and NATO member countries killed civilians during their mission in Afghanistan.
"Compensation should be provided for all of them; this family has a right to compensation, as do other families, if they present documentation in these cases--- they should also be paid by the countries," said Zabiullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate.
Earlier, the Australian Center for International Justice (ACIJ) urged the Australian government to provide compensation to the families of Afghan civilians who were injured in the attacks of the Australian forces.
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