‘Forever Connected’: State Narratives and the Dutch Memory of Srebrenica

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Part of the Springer Series in Transitional Justice book series (SSTJ, volume 8)

Abstract

This chapter explores the refusal of the Dutch government to follow up on the European Parliament resolution of 2009 that called for a national Srebrenica remembrance day. It argues that it makes sense to consider Srebrenica as a trauma within a Dutch political context. The chapter analyses the political relevance of trauma in relation to the Dutch/United Nations (UN) Srebrenica mission and shows that the talk of a ‘Srebrenica trauma’ touches upon the core values of social order. It explores why the failed peacekeeping mission in Srebrenica is not approached to reflect on the effects of peacekeeping in relation to victimhood and genocide, but has instead been reconceptualised in a narrative of national progress in order to adjust the image of the Netherlands in terms of a robust partner on an international stage. It concludes that the official Dutch discourse on Srebrenica has been destabilised by a recent judgement of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. This judgement may—at least partly—open up a way of processing the past in different ways.

Keywords

Srebrenica Commemoration National identity The Netherlands Trauma discourse International law 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Military EthicsNetherlands Defence Academy (NLDA)UtrechtThe Netherlands

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