October 20, 2018

  • Think outside the political box!

    By Dorothee Bär, MdB, Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor, Federal Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs of Germany.   We live in a digital world. That’s a fact. Another fact – at least for me – is that “politics begins with the contemplation of reality.” These words were originally spoken by the social democrat Kurt Schumacher. Yet Volker Kauder, former chairman of the CDU/CSU group in the German Parliament, often uses them, as well – and I would like to do the same when it comes to the tasks and challenges of political discourse and action in a world…

  • NATO’s Brussels Summit

    By H.E. Ms. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ambassador of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NATO remains the indispensable security umbrella for North America and Europe. It is the foundation of our national security and that of our allies, and it cements the transatlantic bond. When NATO leaders gathered in Brussels for the Summit this July, they reaffirmed our shared values and charted a path to further strengthen the alliance. The Brussels Declaration approved by leaders clearly showed all 29 allies speaking with one voice that underscored our unity and commitment to collective defense. The Heads of State and…

  • Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918-1920): The first democratic and parliamentary republic in the Islamic East

    By Mr. Jalal Mirzayev, Charge d’affaries of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 2018 is a significant year in the history of Azerbaijani people, as it marks the 100th year anniversary of the establishment of Azerbaijani statehood – Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR). A series of the events all over the world are being held to commemorate the memory of this short-lived, but glorious statehood. ADR was proclaimed on May 28, 1918 with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence – the exemplary policy document which committed to the principles of democracy and rule of law. This…

  • La Francophonie au rythme du monde

    SE Michaëlle Jean, Secrétaire générale de la Francophonie et António Guterres, Secrétaire général des Nations unies. Par SE la Très Honorable Michaëlle Jean, III Secrétaire générale de la Francophonie. Alors que nous nous préparons à tenir le XVIIe Sommet de la Francophonie à Erevan, en Arménie, les 11 et 12 octobre prochain, les mots prononcés par le Président sénégalais Léopold Sédar Senghor, à quelques mois du tout premier Sommet des chefs d’État et de gouvernement de la Francophonie, à Versailles en 1986, me reviennent et s’imposent plus que jamais comme une évidence : « Notre Francophonie n’est ni une tour…

  • Two years as German Ambassador to The Netherlands

    By His Excellency Mr.  Dirk Brengelmann, Ambassador of Germany in the Netherlands. Over 30 years ago, my wife Brigitte and I visited The Hague (and the German Embassy and Huis Schuylenburch, the German Ambassador’s Residence in the city centre), as part of the training programme of our Foreign Service Academy. The late Ambassador Otto von der Gablentz, a beacon of Dutch-German relations, received us and the other participants in the programme. He described the challenges of his job, given many people’s memories of World War II, but also the wonderful experience of working with the people of the Netherlands to…

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Fiesta Nacional de España 2018

Oct 19, 2018

On the picture Ambassador Maria Alonso during her speech.   Roy Lie Atjam. The Ambassador of Spain in the Netherlands  H.E. Ms. Maria Alonso, in her first National Day address in The Hague, toasted on the longstanding friendship between the Kingdom of Spain and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157674682463958 Ambassador Alonso noted that the occasion also celebrates Christopher Columbus arrival to the Americas on 12 October 1492. A huge military parade in Madrid is the highlight of the celebrations. A few hundreds of individuals: diaspora, diplomats, Dutch government agents…

2018: Viet Namis Surging Ahead

Oct 19, 2018

73rd NationalDay Celebration By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 20 September 2018, with a reception the Embassy of Vietnam celebrated the 73rd anniversary of the National Day in the garden of the Chancellery on Javastraat. H.E. Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa delivered her welcoming speech, followed by cultural performances featuring the Vietnamese traditional musician Ngo Hong Quang. He studied in Vietnam and at the Royal Academy of Music in The Hague. Furthermore, guests were offered an array of Vietnamese culinary specialities. For additional Naldo Peverelli’s pictures, please open the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157699351432162 In her welcoming remarks Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa related…

Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

Oct 18, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, H.E. Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles with H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, Director General OPCW. Photography by Imane Rachidi. The Hague, Netherlands — 18 October 2018 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, H.E. Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles, met today at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague. The Director-General and the Minister of Foreign of Affairs examined the progress and challenges in implementing the global ban against chemical…

ICJ and the Embassy of El Salvador pay homage to Dr. Jose Gustavo Guerrero

Oct 18, 2018

The President of the International Court of Justice, H.E. Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yousef and the Ambassador of El Salvador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations based in The Hague, H.E. Mr. Agustín Vásquez Gómez. International Court of Justice and the Embassy of El Salvador In the Netherlands Pay Homage to Doctor José Gustavo Guerrero The President of the International Court of Justice, H.E. Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yousef and the Ambassador of El Salvador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations based in The Hague, H.E. Mr. Agustín…

U.S. pushes forward with international pressure campaign on Iran

Oct 18, 2018

By Guido Lanfranchi During a trip to India and Europe, the Special Representative for Iran: Brian Hook, is trying to gain international support to the U.S. pressure campaign on Iran. Upcoming U.S. extraterritorial sanctions on Iran’s energy and financial sectors are at the center of the discussions.   There are less than three weeks left before November 5th, the date in which the second batch of U.S. sanctions on Iran are set to take effect, and the State Department is stepping up efforts to convince its international partners to abide by these sanctions. U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Mr. Brian…

Costa Rica Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

Oct 15, 2018

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 15 October 2018 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica, H.E. Ms. Lorena Aguilar, met today at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague. The Director-General briefed the Vice Minister on the progress in implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and highlighted the Organisation’s priorities such as enhancing OPCW’s capabilities to address the threat from chemical weapons use, and upgrading the OPCW Laboratory, into a Centre for Chemistry and Technology. The discussion also covered international…

U.S. Volker urges Russia to break deadlock over Ukraine

Oct 12, 2018

By Guido Lanfranchi. In the wake of Ukraine’s renewal of special status for the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Ambassador Kurt Volker urged Russia to withdraw its troops from Eastern Ukraine, in order to provide the conditions for implementing the Minsk Agreement.   Ukraine is doing its part for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, but Russian persistent military and political involvement in Eastern Ukraine continues to prevent the implementation of the accords. This sentence could resume, in a nutshell, the main argument of U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, Ambassador Kurt Volker. Speaking from Brussels, where…

Ambassador Sakiqi briefed International Mentoring group

Oct 12, 2018

On the picture from left to right: Ms. Sheila Gemin, President Professional Women’s Network (PWN) Amsterdam, Ms. Nita Korsten, Co-Lead Mentoring Programme , PWN Amsterdam, H.E. Adia Sakiqi, Ambassdor of Albania, Ms. Angela Gest-McCall,  Co-Lead Mentoring Programme , PWN Amsterdam and Ms. Diana Eggleston,  Consultant, Member PWN Amsterdam. By Angela Gest-McCall. On the evening of Thursday 30th August, H.E. Adia Sakiqi, Ambassador of Albania to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the OPCW, joined an inspirational group of twenty women and men for a Networking event in Amsterdam. They were preparing to travel to Skopje for an exciting new International Mentoring…

New Specialist Prosecutor signs solemn declaration

Oct 11, 2018

On the picture Specialist Prosecutor and Registrar. Specialist Prosecutor Jack Smith  signed early September a solemn declaration that he would exercise his functions independently, impartially and conscientiously. This is in accordance with Article 36 of the Law on Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office. Mr Smith was selected for the position of Specialist Prosecutor in May 2018 after a process organised by the European Union and appointed by EULEX Head of Mission, Alexandra Papadopoulou. Mr Smith signed the solemn declaration in the Registry of the Specialist Chambers in front of the Registrar, Dr Fidelma Donlon, who witnessed the signing. Mr…

Indian – Dutch Cooperation in Healthcare Including Ayurveda

Oct 10, 2018

On the picture from left to Right: Dr. Tony Nader, Mr. Alojz Peterle, Minister Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik from India, Dutch Minister Mr. Bruno Bruins and H.E. Mr.  Venu Rajamony , Ambassador of India, during the opening  ceremony of Fourth International Ayurveda Congress and Health Fair. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Indian Minister of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy)the Hon. Shripad Yesso Naik,visited the Netherlands on the occasion of the Fourth International Ayurveda Congress and Health Fair (4IAvC)and subsequent Seminar. Leiden, September 2018. The Dutch Minister of Medical Care and Sport, Mr. Bruno Bruinsand the Indian Minister of…

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The Continuous Need to Development of International law

Interview with H. E. Judge Nawaf Salam, International Court of Justice, The Hague   By Marwan Hani Osseiran, Visiting Professional, ICC On a sunny afternoon in February, I headed to meet H.E. the newly elected and sworn judge Nawaf Salam of Lebanon to the International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace. Judge Salam was elected on November 9, 2017 as judge on the International Court of Justice for the 2018-2027 term, having received a concurrent majority of votes in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council. He was officially sworn as Judge of the Court on the morning…

Iraq after the parliamentarian elections and beyond

By Corneliu Pivariu. The latest parliamentarian elections in Iraq, held on May 12th, 2018, designated the 329 members of the Council of Representatives – the unicameral parliament which, in its turn, would, according to the constitution, elect the prime minister and the country’s president. Initially they were to be held in September 2017 and were postponed due to the fights against Daesh. In the mean time, a referendum for independence was organized whereby 93% voted for independence from the central government in Baghdad. The government led by prime minister Haidar al-Abadi responded by closing Erbil International airport, by taking over…

IPCC Report – On Our global Jihad against Cognitive mind

By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic. The major new report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released in Korea on October 8 (2018), is nearly 800 pages long and includes more than 6,000 scientific references. However, it can be summarized in just few sentences with absolutely horrific implications: The average global temperature is now 1.0°C above its pre-industrial levels.That increase is already causing more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, and is damaging untold number of land and sea ecosystems. A 1.5°C increase, likely by 2040, would make things worse. A 2.0°C increase will…

Eurojust and Albania cooperation agreements

Eurojust and Albania take major step to strengthen the fight against cross-border organised crime Ms Etilda Gjonaj, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Albania, and Mr Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust, the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit, signed a cooperation agreement to enhance operational and strategic judicial cooperation between Albania and Eurojust. It will be the third cooperation agreement between Eurojust and a State in the Western Balkan region and is a further important step in the joint fight against serious transnational crime, since it will unlock the possibility of a safe and efficient exchange of judicial information and sharing of evidence. The…

The World Nomad Games 2018

  By Urmat Kalmanbetov, Attache of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to Benelux and France, Permanent Representation to the EU, NATO and UNESCO This year Kyrgyzstan hosted III World Nomad Games, which are now considered by many countries and organizations as nomadic Olympics. The World Nomad Games is the biggest international project held in the Kyrgyz Republic, a project initiated by the government in 2012 for the revival and preservation of the culture of nomadic civilization. The mission of the World Nomad Games covers the revival, development and preservation of the ethno-culture, diversity and originality of the people of…

International Criminal Law, Transnational Criminal Organizations and Transitional Justice

By Prof. Héctor Olasolo (The Hague: Brill / Nijhoff, 2018) – ISBN: 9789004341005 Parties negotiating the end of authoritarian regimes or armed conflicts are almost inevitably left in a situation of legal uncertainty.   Despite their overlapping scope of application, the differences between the approaches of International Criminal Law (ICL) and Transitional Justice (TJ) are so profound that, unless dogmatisms are left aside and a process of dialogue is entered into, it will not be possible to harmonize the current legal regime of international crimes with the need to articulate transitional processes that are capable of effectively overcoming authoritarian regimes and…

Rashid Al Khalifa´s Penumbra: Textured Shadow, Coloured Light

Presented by​ Bahrain National Gas​ at Saatchi Gallery Curated and produced by Éva McGaw and Tatiana Palinkasev.   3-21 October 2018 ​ ​Penumbra : Textured Shadow, Coloured Light , held at Saatchi Gallery from 3-21 October 2018, brings together new three-dimensional works by artist Rashid Khalifa. His London debut invites the viewer to experience the beauty of textured shadows and light cast through polychromatic metal structures. Aluminium mesh wall works, suspended steel grid columns, and a monumental maze form the basis of this immersive exhibition inspired by architectural grids and geometric lattices. ​ In recent years, Rashid has experimented with…

Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets

The Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets is about to come into force. What does it mean? By Reinier W.L. Russell, LL.M. The Dutch government is currently in the process of implementation of the European Trades Secrets Directive. The Directive aims at protecting non–public company information & knowhow from being obtained, used or disclosed unlawfully. The Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets (Wet bescherming bedrijfsgeheimen; WBB) will soon enter into force for the purpose of implementation of the Directive. Prior to the entry into force of this Act the European Trades Secrets Directive will have direct effect in…

Samarkand, at the cross-roads of peoples

“Registan Square” in Samarkand city, photo from Uzbekistan National News Agency – UzA. At the heart of central Asia, and at the cross-roads of civilisations, lies Samarkand, waiting to be discovered. In fact, Uzbekistan as a whole is a rather amicable country, which is becoming friendlier on regular tourist regulations. From 2018, 101 countries are eligible for e-visas to be picked up points of entry after online applications are submitted. Flying to Uzbekistan from Europe is easier than before by direct flights from Frankfurt am Main, Paris, or London to Tashkent. Once in Uzbekistan travel is easy as they are…

Corneliu Pivariu. Photographer: Ionus Paraschiv.

From liberalism to illiberalism … and thereafter?

By  Corneliu Pivariu. The term, known primarily as illiberal democracy appeared reletively recently – in terms of historical time – and is most oftenly quoted as being used by the well known politologist Fareed Zakaria in the article The Rise of Illiberal Democracy, published in 1997 in Foreign Affairs. In a nutshell, the illiberal democracy is considered a system of governance whereby although elections are taking place the citizens are not aware of the activities carried out by those who exert the real power as a result of certain civil liberties being cut. A country ruled by illiberal democracy is…

South-South cooperation

By Poppy S. Winanti and Rizky Alif Alfian. The United Nations has declared Sept. 12 the International Day for South-South Cooperation. This year’s celebration marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for technical cooperation among developing countries. The adoption of this action plan highlights the importance of cooperation and solidarity among countries of the South. South-South Cooperation (SSC) in international development initially was shaped by the “global South” countries’ shared experience of colonialism, underdevelopment and oppression. Helping each other has been perceived as a way to convey solidarity among the countries in question…

International Conference for Iraqi Judges

Ambassador of Iraq. H.E. Mr. Hisham Al-Alawi. By Marwan Hani Osseiran, Visiting Professional, ICC. Earlier this summer, H.E. Hisham Al-Alwi, Ambassador of Iraq to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in cooperation with the Terrorism Prevention branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC/TPB) held an international conference for Iraqi Judges on “the accountability of ISIL/Dae’sh crimes in Iraq: collection of evidence, prosecution, trials and international cooperation”, at the Embassy in The Hague. I attended on behalf of Diplomat Magazine on the 11th& 12th of July 2018, to cover this important event which brought together a group of…