September 22, 2018

  • 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…

  • Prioritising on Kenya’s developmental agenda

     By His Excellency Laurence Lenayapa, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya. Since arriving in the Netherlands in August, I have been very pleased to enjoy the Dutch hospitality and I look forward to making this my home for the next few years. I also look forward to visiting various parts of the country in the course of my duty as well as to simply enjoy the beauty the country has to offer. The Hague, where the Embassy is situated presents the opportunity to work in a very international environment with the presence of several other embassies, international organisations and various…

  • Kosovo, facing the challenges of a new country

    Hashim Thaci, President of the Republic of Kosovo. Photography by Frank Jansen. By H.E. Mr. Hashim Thaçi, President of the Republic of Kosovo. The Hague is a special place in the modern history of Kosovo. It is a place where dictator Milosevic died in jail, where he was sent after the Kosovo war. I firmly believe peace and justice are two fundamental issues for every society, in particular for those in transition. The Hague is also a place where Kosovo independence was confirmed as legal at International Court of Justice. After this Advisory Opinion in 2010, the political dialogue between…

  • Even our longest, unbroken, peaceful relationship can be improved

    Ambassador Hoekstra. Photography by Jos van Leeuwen. By H.E. Mr. Peter Hoekstra. The United States and the Netherlands have a long history of friendship and cooperation.  This began before John Adams was accepted as the official representative from the United States to the Netherlands in 1782 and even before the Dutch became the first nation to recognize our new nation with the First Salute in November of 1776.  Our joint journey started when Henry Hudson sailed to North America and the Dutch settled in those new lands. Our relationship with the Dutch is the longest, unbroken, peaceful relationship that the…

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OPCW Director-General Visits Algeria

Sep 20, 2018

OPCW-Director-General-Visits-Algeria- Fernando Arias with Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Abdelkader Messahel. THE HAGUE, Netherlands — 19 September 2018 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Ambassador Fernando Arias, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, H.E. Mr. Abdelkader Messahel, and senior Algerian officials during a visit to Algiers on 18 September 2018. In his meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Director-General recognised the important role played by Algeria since the inception of the OPCW and its important contribution to peace and stability in the North Africa and Sahel region….

Indonesia Pasar Raya Second Edition 2018

Sep 17, 2018

Pasar Raya Indonesia 2018. On the picture H.E. Sheik Mohammed Belal, Ambassador of Bangladesh, Thailand Deputy Head of Mission, Ms. Tanyarat Mungkalarungsi , H.E. Ms. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam, H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi, Ambassador of Iraq, H.E. Ahmad Nazri Yusof, Ambassador of Malaysia, Ms. Marloes Borsboomand, Deputy Mayor of Rijswijk and H.E. I Gusti Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of Indonesia. By Roy Lie Atjam. Pasar Raya Indonesia has moved from Wassenaar and landed at the Broodfabriek in Rijswijk in 2017. This time around Pasar Raya Indonesia or PRI is part of the 73rd celebrations of Indonesia’ Independence. The PRI aims…

I Maqom Festival in Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan

Sep 16, 2018

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev – Picture by Uzbek presidency.   Thursday, 6 September 2018, Shakhrisabz, Qashqadaryo Region, Republic of Uzbekistan: Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev ceremoniously opened the first international maqom musical forum organized upon his own initiative in order to broadly promote the Uzbek national maqom art at home and abroad, and thereby highlight the pulchritudity and heritage linked to classical Uzbek music. The forum itself was preceded by large-scale preparations in the form of various exhibitions, academic round tables  dedicated to maqom. All in all, shows and sales of national musical instruments, clothes, handicrafts, works of fine and applied art, sculpture, art and…

Déclaration du Président Meron en soutien à la CPI

Sep 15, 2018

La Haye, 13 September 2018 – Le Juge Theodor Meron, Président du Mécanisme international appelé à exercer les fonctions résiduelles des Tribunaux pénaux, a fait aujourd’hui la déclaration suivante : « Il y a près de deux mois, à l’occasion du vingtième anniversaire de l’adoption du Statut de Rome, j’ai eu l’opportunité d’exprimer mon profond attachement aux valeurs et aux objectifs qui sous-tendent ce Statut. Je souhaite réitérer aujourd’hui mon appui indéfectible au Statut de Rome et au système auquel il a donné naissance. Le système de Rome reflète le principe selon lequel mettre fin à l’impunité en matière de…

First Liaison Prosecutor for Ukraine appointed at Eurojust

Sep 14, 2018

On 18 August 2018, Ms. Myroslava Krasnoborova took up her duties as Liaison Prosecutor for Ukraine at Eurojust. Before joining Eurojust, Ms Krasnoborova occupied the positions of Deputy Head of Department for International Legal Cooperation and Head of Division for International Cooperation of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) of Ukraine. In 2008, she joined the PGO as a prosecutor dealing with mutual legal assistance (MLA) cases. In her role as head of the relevant PGO divisions, she specialised in the transfer of criminal proceedings, asset recovery, international cooperation and the negotiation of international treaties, in addition to MLA. As Eurojust…

Indonesia: Celebrating Independence, Friendship and Diversity

Sep 14, 2018

By Roy Lie Atjam. Diversity is not about how we differ, diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness (Maya Angelou)   The 73rd Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia has been widely celebrated in the Netherlands. The Embassy of Indonesia in the Netherlands under the direction of H.E. Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja has successfully organized various activities to mark this memorable day. Activities as an impressive Flag hoisting ceremony, Indonesian Flavour Festival, a Diplomatic reception, Pasar Ryan etc. The Diplomatic reception took place on the lawns of“ Wisma Duta” in Wassenaar, the official residence of the Ambassador…

Michelle Bachelet becomes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Sep 13, 2018

María Fernanda Espinosa and Michelle Bachelet – Picture by UN 1 September 2018, UN: Michelle Bachelet hailing from Chile became the VII United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She stepped in the shoes of predecessor, HRH Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein, native of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Bachelet ended her second four-year term as President of Chile in March 2018, having already held the position between 2006 and 2010.  The first woman elected to Chile’s highest office, after her first term, she joined the United Nations as the first Executive Director of the newly established United Nations Entity…

XV Informal meeting of German-speaking heads of state in Segl

Sep 13, 2018

XV informal meeting of German-speaking heads of state and spouses – Picture by the Belgian Monarchy. Thursday, 6 September 2018, Sils im Engadin/Segl, Canton of Graubünden, Swiss Confederation: Loyal to their annual tradition the heads of state of Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium and Liechtenstein (acting head of state) were hosted by the Swiss Federal President Alain Berset to discuss topics of relevance. The visiting delegations arrived in the municipality of Sils im Engandin located in the Canton of the Grisons (Graubünden) for their informal welcome on Wednesday, 5 September, albeit the official programme began on 6 September with discussions rounds concerning the…

Danish Foreign Minister visits Eurojust

Sep 10, 2018

From left to right: Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Anders Samuelsen, National Member for Germany, Klaus Meyer-Cabri, National Member for Denmark, Jesper Hjortenberg and the Danish Ambassador in the Netherlands, Mr Jens-Otto Horslund. © Eurojust. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Anders Samuelsen, met today at Eurojust’s headquarters in The Hague with Eurojust’s Vice President and National Member for Germany, Klaus Meyer-Cabri. The discussion centred on the future relationship between Denmark and Eurojust in view of the adoption and implementation of the new Eurojust Regulation. The Minister praised Eurojust’s contribution to the fight against serious cross-border organised crime, especially in…

Iraq: viewed from a different aspect

Sep 10, 2018

H.E. Dr. Hisham Al – Alawi, Ambassador of Iraq with guests during performances. Fighting Terrorism with Culture By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 5 September 2018. Under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq, a cultural evening was organized at the Chancellery of Iraq in The Hague. Ambassador Al-Alawi cordially welcomed the diverse audience. He related there are various reasons for organizing a cultural evening. One is the latest success of Iraq Security forces in combating terrorism and barbarism. Culture (music) has the potential to promotes understanding. Iraq is not just a country of…

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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…

Forgiveness in International Relations

By Israel Rafalovich. The argument about war and justice is still a political and moral issue. Decisionmakers and victims alike have to examine the moral issues of warfare and at the same time, with the growing awareness of religion, pay attention to the status of religion on the subject of forgiveness in international relations. The questions that arise are: what is the role of forgiveness and religion in international relations? And, how can we deal with tough issues in international relations through forgiveness? In today’s world it is more and more clear that war and peace do not present a…

On-call employees

By Jan Dop. Many enterprises work with on-call employees. It is advantageous for employers because they can adapt their business operations to the developments in the market. But there are also benefits for on-call employees: they are free to work more or fewer hours and it can also be a step towards a permanent contract. What kind of contracts are there for on-call employees? What are the rights of on-call employees and which obligations do employers have to meet? There are three types of on-call contracts, zero-hours contracts, min.-max. contracts, and pre-agreements. However, since the introduction of the chain rule…

Time is on the side of the remainers

By Barend ter Haar. Two years have passed since the United Kingdom decided to leave the EU, but it remains unclear what that means because the UK tries to have its cake and eat it. It seems unlikely that on this basis a stable and long-lasting divorce agreement can be build. Nevertheless all political attention is now focussed on reaching agreement, because a no deal exit would be even more damaging. However, there is a third and better option: play for time. According to Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty the European Council might “in agreement with the Member State…

Turkey–an unavoidable player in the Middle East

By Corneliu Pivariu. On July 9th, 2018, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated his second mandate which marked, at the same time, turning the parliamentary system, in place since almost 100 years, into one where the political power is more concentrated at the presidency level. The change takes place under the circumstances of the complex developments in the Middle East and particularly in Syria, as well as within the geopolitical global context of great powers’ repositioning, of their shifting spheres of influence and the acerbic economic competition for energy sources and markets. We will see how beneficial this context will be…

War correspondent Rudi Vranckx awarded Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize

The Hague – Belgian war correspondent Rudi Vranckx will receive the 2018 Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize. The board of the Carnegie Foundation Peace Palace will award Vranckx for his outstanding courage and commitment to reporting from conflict areas, giving people affected by conflict a face and a voice. In addition to his work as a journalist, Vranckx showed exceptional commitment by personally transporting musical instruments to a destroyed music school in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The laureate As a journalist for the Belgian public broadcaster VRT, Rudi Vranckx (1959) has shown the effect of conflict on daily life with…

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 housing videos of street scenes, and a monumental maze form the basis of this immersive exhibition inspired by architectural grids and geometric lattices. ​ In recent…

Indonesian’s policy at the 73rd Independency Celebration

By Anton Lutter. The 17th of August commemorates the proclamation of Indonesia’s independency, and in 1945 signaled the beginning of the fight for freedom against the Dutch. Now 73 years later friendship between the two countries is stronger than ever. Symbolized by the opening words of the speech of ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, “Dear Veterans …” referring to the veterans who once where the adversaries of the Indonesian freedom fighters. Continuing a tradition started by the late ambassador Junus Effendie Habibie, inviting veterans to the Independence Day flag hosting ceremony at Wassenaar. Clearly a sign of Indonesia’s policy…

Is our world made up of black and white certitudes?

By Dario Poli and Mara Lemanis. “How would you like your coffee, sir?” The words recently spoken by a London waitress to Kennie, our friend of longstanding from South Africa. “Just black, thank you,” he replied without a second thought, gazing at his daily newspaper in a London coffee shop. “Sorry sir, you can’t say that here”. Kennie looked up, surprised by the words he heard ringing in his ears, their reprimanding tone, delivered to him with a considerable righteousness, distracting him from his interesting read. “I would like a black coffee,” he replied again, mildly annoyed…Once again the waitress…

#MeToo at work: 4 tips

By Jan Dop. What can you do to prevent sexual harassment on the work floor? And what do you, as an employer, have to do if it does occur unexpectedly? Sexual harassment by managers continues to concern us, as can be seen from the Dutch TV broadcast “M”. The TV program dealt with men that are concerned about the consequences of their past conduct for their reputation. Actions glossed over ten or fifteen years ago are now no longer accepted. When allegations – whether right or wrong – are published, the genie is out of the bottle and cannot be…

Questionable Claims, Diplomatic Hazards

By Dario Poli and Mara Lemanis. Highly likely sat on a wall and highly likely had a great fall All the kings’ soldiers and all the king’s men, Could not put highly likely together again. Ever since former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned by the military-grade nerve agent, Novichok, the British PM, the Foreign Secretary, and numerous EU countries along with the US maintain it is “highly likely” that Russia was responsible for the March 2018 attack in Salisbury. Issuing a unified statement, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdomall stated…

Maqom: The Soul of Uzbeki People

Maqom music singer, Munojot Yulchiyeva, Uzbek personality in the world of Art. By Roy Lie Atjam. The First International Maqom Festival will be held in the city of Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan, the birthplace of the great commander, Sahibkiran Amir Temur, founder of the Timurid Empire. The festival dates 6-10 September 2018. The Maqom International Festival has been established by H.E. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Decree of the President 3656, April 6, 2018. The festival is expected to widely popularize one of the famous genres of classical- and musical art of People of the East. As of 2018…