İrem UZUN -TDO- The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014. The move, announced by the Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok on Friday, is intended to support individual cases being brought to the European court by relatives of some of the 298 people who were killed. Minister says the "highest priority" is justice for the 298 victims on board the plane shot down over eastern Ukraine.
In a statement, ministry said the government "decided to bring Russia before the European Court of Human Rights for its role in the downing of Flight MH17". It said that "by taking this course of action the government is offering maximum support" to individual cases already brought against Russia by victims' families. "By taking this step today... We are moving closer to this goal," he added. At the same time, the Dutch foreign ministry stressed on the "importance to continuing the meetings with Russia on the matter of state responsibility".
Russia continues to deny allegations that it was involved in shooting down, however officials have not yet responded to the Dutch government’s announcement of an ECHR suit. A court in the Hague is also presiding over a murder trial against three Russians and one Ukrainian national in connection with MH17.