Essay

Rule of law & Army

Print edition : November 08, 2019

Women from the Bosnian town of Srebrenica at a civil court in The Hague, the Netherlands, on July 16, 2014. The court declared the country liable in the deaths of more than 300 Bosnian Muslim men murdered by Bosnian Serb forces in the town in 1995 and ordered the government to pay compensation to their widows and families. Photo: Phil Nijhuis/AP

April 8, 1993: Muslim refugees from Srebrenica being transferred from packed UNHCR trucks on their trip to Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: The Hindu Archives

In international law, the state and its organ, the army, are held accountable for any wrongdoing. Not so in India where the army enjoys impunity through law which goes against the principle of accountability in a democracy.
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