February 20, 2019

Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

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…

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

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

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…

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Costa Rica Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

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…

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

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…

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Ambassador Sakiqi briefed International Mentoring group

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…

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New Specialist Prosecutor signs solemn declaration

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…

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Indian – Dutch Cooperation in Healthcare Including Ayurveda

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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Le Greffier de la Cour pénale internationale s’est rendu à Bangui

Le Président de la RCA S.E. Faustin-Archange Touadéra et le Greffier de la CPI Peter Lewis le 19 septembre 2018 ©ICC-CPI Le Greffier de la Cour pénale internationale s’est rendu à Bangui, en République centrafricaine  Le Greffier de la Cour pénale international, Peter Lewis était en visite officielle en République Centrafricaine (RCA) du 18 au 21 septembre 2018 pour rencontrer le Président de la République Centrafricaine S.E. Faustin-Archange Touadéra, des hauts représentants du Gouvernement, de la communauté diplomatique, de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations unies pour la stabilisation en Centrafrique (MINUSCA), de la Cour pénale spéciale (CPS), de la…

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ICC judges hold retreat

ICC judges hold retreat focusing on collegiality and various aspects of judicial proceedings On 27-28 September 2018, the judges of the International Criminal Court  held a judicial retreat at the seat of the Court in The Hague. The retreat provided an opportunity for private exchanges among judges on topics related to the conduct of judicial proceedings and the overall functioning of the judiciary. Topics discussed included judicial collegiality and ethics, the reparations phase of proceedings, the modalities of victim participation in proceedings and current legal developments. During the retreat, the ICC President, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, emphasised the importance of cultivating…

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