April 24, 2018

Commonwealth Summit 2018 in London

Commonwealth Summit 2018 – Picture by commonwealth.org 19-20 April 2018, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) was hosted by the 88th British Prime Minister Theresa May in her capacity as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office in rotating fashion after the Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat passed the torch to her. The Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire. It represents about 2.4. billion people scattered about the world. This two-day summit involved 46 heads of Commonwealth governments and foreign ministers…

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with Leiden University students in The Hague

NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg. By Guido Lanfranchi. On Thursday April 19th, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivered a speech at Leiden University’s Schouwburgstraat Campus in The Hague. He exposed NATO’s history, relevance, and adaptability, before answering a number of questions from the audience. During his recent visit to The Hague, NATO Secretary General Mr. Jens Stoltenberg carved out some time on his agenda to talk with Leiden University’s students. When he arrived at the arranged location, Schouwburgstraat Campus of Leiden University in The Hague, the auditorium was packed with students and high-level guests. Among them, Mr. Carel Stolker,…

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Opening ceremony exhibition “Establishment of Czechoslovakia1918”

H.E. Ms. Jana Reinišová, Ambassador  of Czech Republic. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Embassy of the Czech Republic in The Hague hosted a reception on the occasion of the launching of the exhibition. “Establishment of Czechoslovakia 1918” In her welcome remarks H.E. Ms. Ambassador Jana Reinišová of the Czech Republic gave details of how the establishment came about in 1918. She relates: “The Czech Embassy in close cooperation with the Czech Centre and the Czech Tourism in The Hague, is organizing many events that highlight the anniversary, including the ‘exhibition “Establishment of Czechoslovakia 1918”. In 2018, the citizens of the Czech…

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President Eboe-Osuji, concludes official visit to Nigeria

The President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, has concluded an official visit to Nigeria, where he met with the senior leadership of the country to discuss ways to strengthen the international criminal justice system aimed at suppressing impunity for the gravest crimes. During his stay in Abuja from 10 to 13 April, President Eboe-Osuji met with H.E. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice-President and acting President of Nigeria as well as H.E. Senator Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, H.E. Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives and H.E. Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the…

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ICC’s new Registrar Peter Lewis takes oath

Mr. Peter Lewis during his solemn undertaking ceremony as ICC Registrar © ICC-CPI On 17 April 2018, Mr. Peter Lewis was sworn in as Registrar of the International Criminal Court (ICC) during a public ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji presided over the session and the President of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), Mr O-Gon Kwon, served as witness to the solemn undertaking. During the ceremony, ICC President Eboe-Osuji welcomed the new Registrar, saying: “Mr Lewis joins the Court to complete a change in leadership in the…

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Fatou Bensouda, conference in Sweden on gender equality

The ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, H.E. Ms Margot Wallström and other High-Level participants at the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality.   ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, attends international : “Gender crimes are prominent in our prosecutions because they are prominent in situations investigated”   On Tuesday, 17 April 2018, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), Fatou Bensouda, concluded her participation in the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality. Organised jointly by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Institute, this international conference convened over 500 participants from governments, international…

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Ceremony of Merits for Ambassador Dziunik Aghajanian

H.E. Ms. Dziunik Aghajanian Ambassador of Armenia.   By Roy Lie Atjam. H.E. Ms. Dziunik Aghajanian Ambassador of Armenia to the Netherlands took leave of fellow Ambassadors at a Ceremony of Merits, hosted by Diplomat Magazine and Diplomatic Card at the Crowne Plaza Hotel The Hague on 19th March 2018. For additional Roy Strik’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157692653801812 Dziunik Aghajanian is a career diplomat who served her beloved Armenia in various national and international capacities. She represented Armenia as Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the international institutions in The Hague. Kudos to Dziunik Aghajanianis, a…

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Bangladesh culture showcased in Wassenaar

By Roy Lie Atjam.   The Hague, 14th April 2018 Bangladesh missions in the Netherlands has celebrated the Pahela Boishakh, the first day of Bengali solar calendar, with much enthusiasm and cultural activities. Pohela Boishakh symbolizes universality and cultural unity. The day has deep rooted sentiments for well being of the hard working people like farmers and traders. Pohela Boishakh, new year is celebrated in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand and Orissa. Bangladesh House served as the venue. The Embassy has been hosting back-to-back activities in February,…

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Igor Popov Ambassador of Macedonia says good bye

By Roy Lie Atjam. The Crowne Plaza Promenade Hotel The Hague was full to its capacity on Thursday 12th April 2018 for a Ceremony of Merits featuring H.E. Mr. Igor Popov, Ambassador of Macedonia. A very pleasant atmosphere reigned at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. His Excellency Ambassador Joseph Cole (Malta) and Her Excellency Ambassador AdiaSakiqi (Albania) eluded Ambassador Popov. For additional Roy Strik’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157667854089028 Both thanked and praised the man Igor Popov, for his professionalism, intelligence and sense of humor. Further, Ambassador Cole likened the career of an Ambassador to that of a train….

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Alexander Bows Out

Justice Mr. Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland and the Mayor of The Hague, Ms. Pauline Krikke, Mr. Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland, Justice in the Court of Appeal and  International advisor (by virtue) to the Mayor of The Hague, bows out after holding the position for 14 years. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157693865560671 Justice Beelaerts van Blokland has been one of the very few  persons selected to represent the Municipality of The Hague at functions of the International and diplomatic community. A valedictory function took place on Tuesday March 13th 2018 in the famous Mauritshuis Museum ….

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