Fri, 14 Aug 2020

The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said July 10 that the move is designed to support individual cases filed by relatives of some of the victims at the Strasbourg-based court.

"By taking this course of action the government is offering maximum support to these individual cases," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

MH17 was shot down on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by Moscow-backed separatists in the east of Ukraine. Nearly two-thirds of the 298 victims were Dutch nationals.

By launching an inter-state case against Russia, the Dutch government will share "all available and relevant information about the downing of Flight MH17" with the European court to support individual cases filed against Russia, the Foreign Ministry said.

The relatives of at least 65 Dutch victims in 2018 filed a complaint at the Strasbourg-based court.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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