bombardments in Iraq

Hawija & Mosul

Civilian casualties Coalition bombardments Iraq: the Hawija case vs Dutch state

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Media reports in October 2019 about a large number of civilian casualties after the bombing of IS targets on the Iraqi town of Hawija in June 2015 by Coalition forces led to the decision by victim groups, journalists and lawyers to further investigate the casualties in order to decide whether legal proceedings could be started against the Dutch government for its responsibilities as part of the Coalition. The case may set a legal precedent as it is the first time that victims seek to establish the responsibility of members of international intervention forces active in conflict zones for civil casualties.

Since 2019 the Nuhanovic Foundation provided seed money for local investigations and developed a database on related topics.

Hawija: claims against the Dutch State

Mosul victims ask Dutch government for information about the state's involvement

Since 2017, victims of the 2015 Coalition bombardments of the Iraqi town of Mosul requested the Dutch Ministry of Defense for information concerning its involvement in airstrikes on a convoy that left civilian casualties. The airstrikes were carried out by the international coalition “Combined Joint Task Force” of which the Netherlands is a member.  

The Nuhanovic Foundation supports the request to the Dutch government on behalf of two victims who are represented by Dutch lawyers and has contributed to the costs of the proceedings.