Surviving relatives

Are you a surviving relative of a deceased male refugee who was in the Dutchbat compound in Potočari in the late afternoon of 13 July 1995? In that case, you can submit a compensation claim.

You can submit a compensation claim if

  • You were the wife of a victim at the time of his death.
  • You had a cohabitation relationship with a victim for at least three years at the time of his death.
  • You had a cohabitation relationship with a victim for less than three years at the time of his death and a child was born from the relationship.
  • You are the child of a victim.
  • You are a parent of a victim.
  • You are a brother or sister of a victim.

 

‘At the time of his death’ is understood to mean ‘on 13 July 1995’. It is generally not possible to determine the exact date of each victim’s death with certainty.

FAQ

Are you a different surviving relative and would you like to submit a claim? In that case you will have to demonstrate that you suffered damages due to a victim’s death. We will have the discretion to act as we see fit.

The Commission arranged for an independent investigation into who was present in the Dutch compound in Potočari in the late afternoon of 13 July 1995. The results of this investigation offer greater certainty about the identity of the deceased male refugees.

 

We will use the investigation results when assessing claims. In first instance, you will only need to provide us with the death certificate of your deceased family member. Even if your family member is not named in the investigation, you will always be given the opportunity to provide plausible evidence that he was present in the compound on the afternoon of July 13, 1995.

Find out more about the investigation

The Commission carried out an investigation to determine the number and identity of male refugees covered by the judgment, whose relatives might be eligible for compensation. The main sources of information for this investigation were existing lists of names from national and international organisations. These lists were compared with and cross-checked against recent data from the Missing Persons Institute.