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Supreme Court: UN cannot be sued in Dutch courts

The Dutch Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by mothers of Bosnian Muslim men murdered by Serb forces in 1995 to sue the United Nations for failing to protect them during Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

The Netherlands' highest court ruled Friday that the United Nations has immunity from prosecution, ending moves by a group called the Mothers of Srebrenica to hold the world body responsible in Dutch courts.

Some 8,000 men were murdered in July 1995 by Serb forces who overran the U.N.-protected Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica.

Dutch U.N. peacekeepers were undermanned and outgunned, and failed to intervene.

Lawyers for the women say they will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.