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51st President of Paraguay inaugurated -

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III President of Zimbabwe took office -

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  • 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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India position on “The Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965”

Sep 5, 2018

On the picture Ambassador Venu Rajamony  during India Independence Day’s celebrations. “The Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965” India’s position before the International Court of Justice, The Hague today.   Oral Proceedings on the Request for an Advisory Opinion by the United Nations General Assembly. India today told the International Court of Justice that analysis of historical facts and consideration of the legal aspects associated therewith conform that sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago has been and continues to be with Mauritius. Presenting the position of India in the Oral Proceedings before the ICJ on…

Defence Minister of Japan visits OPCW

Sep 4, 2018

The Minister of Defence of Japan, Mr. Itsunori Onodera and OPCW  Director General, H.E. Fernando Arias González. The Hague, Netherlands — 4 September 2018 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Ambassador Fernando Arias, and the Minister of Defence of Japan, Mr Itsunori Onodera, met today at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague. The Director-General briefed the Defence Minister on the progress of the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, OPCW’s continuing activities in Syria, as well as current and future priorities and challenges of the Organisation such as achieving universality of the Convention, upgrading…

Rwanda featured at the Embassy Festival in the Netherlands

Sep 3, 2018

The Embassy of Republic of Rwanda in The Hague participated in Embassy Festival on 1 September that took place in The Hague in the Netherlands. The cultural world trip that this festival offered fits in seamlessly with the international City of The Hague. One out of three inhabitants have roots abroad, making it the city that brings the world together. The Hague is also the embassy city of the Netherlands. The Embassy Festival showcased the cultural richness of around 60 countries at the Lange Voorhout. The result of this was a colourful festival program with lots of dance and music:…

Hungarian athletes compete in the Netherlands

Sep 1, 2018

On the picture H.E. Andras Kocsis (wearing t-shirt 7) together with the team. Several Hungarian athletes competed in the Netherlands in July. The Hungarian national women’s team competed in the ParaVolley Sitting Volleyball World Championships 2018, which was attended by Ambassador Andras Kocsis. The Hungarian national women’s team played at a world championship for the first time. On 19 July, it achieved a historic victory against Egypt. On the same day, the presidents of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee and the ParaVolleyball Europe signed a contract on the basis of which Hungary will host the 2019 European Sitting Volleyball Championship for…

India’s 72nd Independence Day

Aug 29, 2018

The Ambassador of India, His Excellency Venu Rajamony,  also in the picture his spouse, Dr. Saroj Thapa. By Roy Lie Atjam. Open House at the residence of the Indian Ambassador On August 15, 2018, India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day. The Embassy of India will mark this memorable event by a special flag hoisting ceremony at ‘India House’ in Wassenaar. Invited to the special flag hoisting ceremony were: all members of the Indian community, people of Indian origin and friends of India. The event will start with the hoisting of the Indian flag by the Ambassador, singing of the Indian…

Celebrating Morocco’ Throne Day 2018

Aug 29, 2018

On the picture, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco His Excellency Abdelouahab Bellouki and spouse Mrs. Najat Bellouki. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Kingdom of Morocco is a constitutional monarchy, every year the country celebrates the monarch’s enthronement with a full day of celebrations known as Throne Day. On Throne Day, there are many official and popular celebrations throughout the country. It is a day of pride in the nation’s independence, culture, and monarchy. His Majesty Mohammed VI of Morocco’s Alaouite- or Alawite Dynasty, ascended the throne in 1999 following the passing of his father King Hassan II. On…

Uruguay a reaffirmation of national identity

Aug 29, 2018

His Excellency Ambassador Ricardo Nario, Uruguay National Day 2018 Celebrating 193 Years of Independence Roy Lie Atjam Wassenaar, 23 August 2018. On the occasion of the one hundred and ninety-three years of the Declaration of Uruguay’s Independence, H.E. Ambassador Luis Ricardo Nario Fagundez and spouse Laura Dupuy Nario, organized a reception on the lawns of their residence. A good number of colleagues, friends as well as Judges, representatives of international organizations, businessmen and compatriots, responded positively to the invitation to join in the festivities. In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Ricardo Nario thanked his guests for their presence. “Independence Day is…

Taste and feel of Palestine at Embassy Festival

Aug 27, 2018

On the picture H.E. Rawan Sulaiman, Chief of Palestinean Mission, on the Lange Voorhout, Hotel Indes in the background. On Saturday the 1st of September, Palestine will be represented again at the yearly Embassy Festival on the Lange Voorhout in the heart of The Hague. Starting from 12:00 o’clock, the Palestinian Mission’ stand will be open for a taste of the rich Palestinian culture and food, influenced by centuries of diverse Arab cultures. In this year’s festival, Palestinians will reflect on the tradition, hospitality and cultural identity of Palestine. There will be music on the Classical Stage by the eminent Dutch-Palestinian Trio Nur. Darwish Food will serve authentic Palestinian flavors…

ICC Prosecutor Scientific Advisory Board

Aug 26, 2018

Director of the Prosecution Division of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor, Mr Fabricio Guariglia, and Head of the Forensic Science Section, Mr Eric Baccard, with the members of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Office. The Scientific Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor holds its 5th annual meeting Late June, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court  held its 5th annual meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Office, at the seat of the Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Board provides recommendations to the ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, on the latest…

International Criminal Court on the passing of Kofi Annan

Aug 25, 2018

It is with great sadness that the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) has received the news of the passing of Mr Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, on 18 August 2018. Through his illustrious career and remarkable achievements, Mr. Annan made countless contributions to advancing peace, security and well-being of the world, including the fight against impunity for atrocity crimes. The Court recalls that Mr. Annan played a crucial role as Secretary General of the United Nations when the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC, was adopted in Rome…

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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…