Today the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has sentenced Ratko Mladic, former commander of the Bosnian Serbians, to life in prison. Mladic is being held responsible for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, in particular for the massacre of Muslim men and boys around eastern Bosnian Srebrenica.
The war in former Yugoslavia (1992-1995) during which Mladic played a leading role, lead to an enormous flow of refugees. After the start of the hostilities six million people fled the country. Especially a lot of Bosnians – Bosnian Muslims as well as Serbians and Croats – came to the Netherlands. Our country received a record number of 50 000 asylum seekers in 1994. The majority came on their own, about 3 000 Bosnians at the invitation of the Dutch government. Most of them received an asylum status and have already found their place in Dutch society.