June 24, 2017

  • Blue Sky and Orange countries’ friendship

    On the picture H.E. Ambassador Mr. Och Od and spouse Mrs. Tsolmon Jadamba. By His Excellency Mr. Od Och,  Ambassador of Mongolia. I feel myself privileged to address the audience of your esteemed magazine-the very first diplomatic magazine in the Netherland’s history, launched “By diplomats for diplomats”. It is honour for me to convey the heartfelt greetings of the Mongolian people to the great people of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I had a chance to present my Letters of Credence to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands who graced me with this opportunity. The Mongolians feel special respect to the Dutch people for…

  • Derrière les murs du Palais de la Paix : permanence et changements de la Cour internationale de Justice

    S.E. M. Philippe Couvreur est arrivé à La Haye en avril 1982, où il a d’abord occupé le poste d’assistant spécial aux bureaux du greffier et du greffier adjoint de la Cour internationale de Justice.   Il a ensuite exercé les fonctions de Secrétaire, Premier Secrétaire et Secrétaire juridique principal, avant d’être élu Greffier de la Cour en 2000, et réélu en 2007 et 2014. Pour marquer l’anniversaire de ses débuts à la Cour, il y a 35 ans, Diplomat Magazine l’a invité à témoigner de son expérience unique au service de cette institution, des évolutions qu’il a pu y…

  • A Brighter Future for the China-Netherlands Friendship

    By H.E. Mr Wu Ken, Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.   In May, the most beautiful season of the Netherlands, we will celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level between China and the Netherlands, which is a historic moment for both our countries. China and the Netherlands are located at the two ends of the Eurasian continent respectively, but the two peoples share a long history of enduring exchanges, despite the geographical distance. Over 400 years ago, the “Maritime Silk Road” stretching from Guangzhou of China to the Netherlands had already linked the two…

  • The MICT and the Future of International Criminal Justice

    By Judge Theodor Meron, President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. The Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals is an institution that finds itself, in many ways, at a critical juncture in the evolution of international criminal justice. As the successor to the first international criminal courts of the modern era—the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia—the Mechanism is responsible for carrying out key residual functions inherited from its predecessors, such as the protection of vulnerable witnesses and the enforcement of sentences of those convicted by the ICTR or the ICTY. It is, in many ways,…

  • Leave no one behind in global health

    By Tom Chou, Representative, Taipei Representative Office in the Netherlands. An outbreak of a highly contagious disease, such as MERS, Ebola or Zika, if not being dealt with promptly, can easily spread over the world. Therefore, no country should be left behind the security net of global health. Taiwan has provided over US$ 6 billion in international and humanitarian aid efforts since 1996. It has benefited millions of people directly or indirectly in more than 80 countries. Since 2009, Taiwan has been invited by the WHO to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer. With this new…

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Kazakhstan Diplomats Meet & Greet

Jun 7, 2017

On the picture Ambassador of Kazakhstan, H.E. Magzhan Ilyassov and spouse Mrs. Akmaral Aydarbekova.   By Roy Lie A Tjam. An extraordinary Diplomat Meet and Greet. Ambassador Magzhan Ilyassov Joyously welcomed his guests to the Ambassadors Room of the Carlton Ambassador Hotel The Hague. Attendees came from a broad diplomatic spectrum, among them Ambassadors and Embassy representatives of Russia, Belarus, USA, Cuba, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Iraq, Georgia, Kosovo, Austria, Bangladesh, Armenia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, European Union, European Parliament, OPCW, International Courts. For additional Kim Vermaat’ pictures, please open the following link:https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157682635718110  Magzhan Ilyassov subsequently expressed thanks to those…

Georgia National Day Concert and reception

Jun 1, 2017

Pianist Beka Gochiashvili  and Ambassador Konstantine Surguladze. By Roy Lie A Tjam. A double celebration: 26 years of reestablishment of independence and 25 years of bilateral diplomatic relations with the Netherlands An Invitation by H.E. Mr. Konstantine Surguladze Ambassador of Georgia to attend a piano concert and reception on the occasion of Georgia’s National Day and the celebration of 25 years of cordial bilateral diplomatic relations between the Republic of Georgia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. For additional Robert Huiberts’ pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/121611753@N07/albums/72157682568778890 The piano concert was by a renowned Georgian jazz pianist Beka Gochiashvili…

Ambassadors to Luxembourg accredited

May 29, 2017

  The Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo, HE  Dr. Bernard Nikaj. By Henri Estramant. Republic of Kosovo: HE Ambassador Dr. Bernard Nikaj was accredited to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on 4 May 2017. Before holding the triple ambassadorship to the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg, Dr Nikaj was a Lecturer in Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Pristine between 2009 and 2016. http://www.ambasada-ks.net/be/   Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal : HE Ambassador Lok Bahadur Thapa presented credentials to HRH Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg on Thursday, 4 May 2017. Before this ambassadorship he was Director General at the Department of Passport under the Ministry of Foreign…

226th Polish Constitution Day of 3 May 1731 celebrated in Brussels

May 29, 2017

H.E. Elżbieta Lanc, Vice-Marshall of Mazovia and HE Ambassador Artur Orzechowski. Thursday, 4 May 2017, Brussels City Hall:  HE Ambassador Artur Orzechowski, Head of Mission accredited to the Kingdom of Belgium in collaboration with the Voivodeship of Marzovia as represented by Vice-Marshall Elżbieta Lanc, presided over a very successful celebration of the Polish Constitution of 3 May 1791. The latter was after the US American one, the oldest in the world as a written supreme law as well as the first one of its kind in Europe.  Highlight of the reception, and of particularly interest for the numerous guests was a replica of the…

China 45th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with the Netherlands

May 28, 2017

On the picture H.E. Wu Ken Ambassador of the People Republic of China. A Reception Marking the 45th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations at Ambassadorial Level between China and the Netherlands People turn out in great numbers to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level between China and the Netherlands. After a cordial welcome H.E. Wu Ken Ambassador of the People Republic of China delivered an elaborated discourse. To the surprise of many, the speech was in Dutch. The following is a resume of Ambassador Wu Ken’s remarks: “On this special day, it is a great honor to…

Bensouda visited Ghana

May 27, 2017

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, visits Ghana: “We must continue to work together to combat impunity”. On Wednesday, 24 May 2017, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensouda concluded a two-day visit to Accra, Republic of Ghana.  The visit highlights the Prosecutor’s ongoing commitment to intensify engagement and dialogue with African States and relevant stakeholders, including African civil society and academia.  Prosecutor Bensouda began her visit with a meeting with the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.  The Prosecutor thanked President   Akufo-Addo for Ghana’s long-standing support for…

Iranian Presidential elections in The Hague

May 27, 2017

                          On the picture H.E.  Dr. Alireza Jahangiri, Ambassador of Iran, voting at the Embassy premises in The Hague. The twelfth Presidential elections were held in Iran last Friday 19 May, 2017. The Iranian Embassy in The Hague organised local pools where Iranian expats exercised their voting rights overseas. This is the first presidential elections taken place after the country signed the Nuclear Agreement 2015 (so called JCPOA) with 5+1. Millions of Iranians have voted inside and outside Iran. According to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran…

Discover The Heart of Eurasia

May 25, 2017

On the picture H.E. Mr. Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Netherlands. By Roy Lie A Tjam. On the invitation of the Latin American Table at the New Literature Society De Witte, H.E. Mr. Magzhan Ilyassov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Netherlands has delivered an expose on Friday 19 May 2017. An audience consisting of Diplomats, business people and other professionals attended the event. Ambassador Ilyassov had chosen the theme ‘Discover the heart of Eurasia’. Kazakhstan is indeed in the heart of Eurasia. Magzhan Ilyassov holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard University, Kennedy School…

Second EU Day against impunity

May 24, 2017

Second EU Day against impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity  and war crimes  Today, hosted by the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU in Brussels, the second EU Day against Impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes was held, co-organised by the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, and the EU Network for investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes (the Genocide Network). The event’s emphasis was on stepping up collective action and cooperation within the European Union when fighting impunity. In attendance were practitioners, representatives from…

The Ambassador of Mongolia presents letter of credence

May 23, 2017

On the picture Mrs. Tsolmon Jadamba, Ambassador’s spouse and H.E. Ambassador Mr. Och Od. By Roy Lie A Tjam. The new Ambassador of Mongolia to the Netherlands. H.E. Mr.Od Och, presented his credentials on Wednesday 17 May 2017 to HM King Willem Alexander of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Ambassador Och describes the ceremony as impressive. Ambassador Och is, therefore, Mongolia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Belgium-Luxembourg, and the European Union. However, the Mongolian Embassy is located in Brussels Belgium. Ambassador Och envisages paying regular visits to The Hague in order to acquit himself of his bilateral- and multilateral obligations. The…

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Decret ou Loi Organique Relatif a la Qualité De Droit en Haiti

Introduction et Commentaires.   Par Alfred Kellermann. A la qualité de la règle de droit s’attachent des enjeux déterminants pour l’attractivité du système juridique et pour la compétitivité économique d’ Haíti. La sécurité juridique, la prévisibilité du droit et la simplification de règles inadaptées ou dépassées sont des attentes régulièrement exprimées par les citoyens et les entreprises en Haiti. Chaque projet de norme nouvelle doit ainsi être soumis à un examen de nécessité et de proportionnalité aussi circonstancié que possible, au regard de ses effets prévisibles et des exigences de stabilité des situations juridiques. Son élaboration doit en outre être…

ICMP’s Constructive Contribution to The Hague

By Ms Kathryne Bomberger, Director-General of the International Commission on Missing Persons. The Commissioners of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) held their annual meeting in Stockholm on 1 June, a year after ICMP formally opened its new headquarters in The Hague, and two and a half years after ICMP was established as an International Organization in its own right under a treaty signed by the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Stockholm, the Commissioners reviewed ICMP’s remarkable development over the last twelve months and examined key ways in which it can continue to coordinate the…

A treasure of Hungarian avant-garde painting in Amsterdam, “From fauvism to surrealism” at the Jewish historical museum

H.E. Dr András Kocsis, Ambassador of Hungary, photography by John Dunkelgrün. By John Dunkelgrün. When I walked into this exposition, I was awed. Paintings in the avant-garde styles as good as any from France or Germany were all around me. Why weren’t these artists known as well as the members of the Blaue Reiter, the Brücke or say Cézanne and Gaugin? After I left, I felt intense gratitude for having been able to see this and add another page to my memories of great art. Few people today know that in the two decades before World War I Budapest was…

Why we need more ministers

By Barend ter Haar. Until seven years ago, Dutch governments used to consist of 26 to 29 ministers: 14 to 16 full ministers and 10 to 14 state secretaries, that carry the title of minister when they are abroad. Since 2010 this number has come down to 20. At first sight that might seem a welcome sign of frugality in times of austerity, but in reality it has harmed Dutch interests. What national politicians tend to forget is that major decisions concerning the future of the Netherlands are at present usually taken outside the Netherlands and that ministers are needed…

A new NGO in The Hague: Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI)

By Jhr. Alexander W. Beelaerts van Blokland LL.M. The Hague is well known as the international city that hosts not only about one hundred embassies but also very many international tribunals and Intergovernmental Organisations (IGO’s) like the International Court of Justice (ICJ), The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the International Criminal Court (ICC), OPCW, Yougoslavia Tribunal, Iran-US Claims Tribunal, the Lebanon Tribunal, the Kosovo Tribunal etcetera. Less well known is that over a hundred (!) of Non Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) are settled in The Hague as well.   They are the results of private initiatives and act independently from governments. The…

Taiwan’s Participation is Vital to Global Influenza Pandemic

Preparedness and Response Dr. Chen Shih-chung, Minister of Health and Welfare, Republic of China (Taiwan). Disease knows no borders. Only by working together, leaving no one out, can we adequately address the challenges of emerging infectious diseases, which have been made all the more complex by the effects of globalization on our health environment. As influenza viruses are constantly evolving and circulating in humans, as well as a number of animal species, the specter of a potential influenza pandemic haunts us constantly. Outbreaks of avian influenza and novel influenza have repeatedly threatened global health security in the past few years….

Emmanuel Macron – “En Marche!” – to Élysée

By Corneliu Pivariu, CEO INGEPO Consulting, MG (two stars general – ret.) A fulminant ascent of the French political stage of this young men, 39 years old, the founder and the candidate of En Marche! movement, established on April the 6th, 2016 only who won the first round of the French presidential elections and who is designated by all public opinion polls as winner of the second round (May the 7th) at a great distance from the second place, Marine Le Pen – the candidate of the National Front. At the second round, he won with 66,9% against 33,1%, becoming…

Neo-religionism of the post ideological Russia

(Refeudalisation of Europe – I Part) By Professor Anis H. Bajrektarevic. The lonely superpower (US) vs. the bear of the permafrost (Russia), with the world’s last cosmopolite (EU) in between. Is the ongoing calamity at the eastern flank of the EU a conflict, recalibration, imperialism in hurry, exaggerated anti-Russian xenophobia or last gasp of confrontational nostalgia? Just 20 years ago, the distance between Moscow and NATO troops stationed in Central Europe (e.g., Berlin) was more than 1.600 km. Today, it is only 120 km from St. Petersburg. Is this a time to sleep or to worry? ‘Russia no longer represents…