AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights over the downing six years ago of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine.
The Netherlands, home to roughly two-thirds of the victims, made the move to provide “maximum support” to individual cases brought to the European court by victims’ relatives, the country’s foreign minister, Stef Blok, wrote in a letter to Parliament released on Friday.
A total of 298 people were killed after a Buk surface-to-air missile from territory controlled by pro-Moscow Ukrainian rebels downed the flight on July 17, 2014, when it was on its way from Amsterdam to Malaysia.
“Achieving justice for 298 victims of the downing of Flight MH17 is and will remain the government’s highest priority,” Mr. Blok said. “By taking this step today — bringing a case before the European Court of Human Rights and thus supporting the applications of the next of kin as much as we can — we are moving closer to this goal.”
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