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  • Addressing a Global Challenge from The Hague

    By Her Majesty Queen Noor. Climate change has created challenges – including natural disasters, conflict over resources, and irregular mass migration – that compound deep-seated problems already facing the global community. This can seem overwhelming, yet, just as danger is generated by a world in flux, human ingenuity and resolve can deliver effective responses. And these responses can often be located at source – by addressing social, political, cultural and environmental issues, we can off-set geopolitical challenges further down the line.  For much of my adult life I have worked to promote sustainable development, cross-cultural understanding and conflict prevention and…

  • Le Français…mais pourquoi donc?

    Par M. Philippe Couvreur. On ne peut que se féliciter que Diplomat Magazine, dont le nombre de lecteurs n’a cessé de croître, et qui est désormais diffusé dans l’ensemble du Bénélux, ait décidé d’ouvrir ses colonnes, de façon plus pérenne que par le passé, à des contributions en langue française. L’auteur de ces lignes se sent honoré d’avoir été invité à participer au lancement de cette heureuse initiative. Aucune occasion n’eût pu être plus opportune pour rappeler brièvement comment, historiquement, le français a émergé et s’est progressivement répandu, non seulement comme grande langue de culture, mais aussi comme langue par excellence…

  • UAE – 2020 Year of preparation for the Golden Jubilee

    By H.E. Ms. Hissa Abdulla Ahmed Alotaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, recently announced that 2020 will be the “year of preparation for the Golden Jubilee” through Launching the largest national strategy of its kind to prepare for the next fifty years of the UAE in 2021, stating that all Emirati community spectrum; including citizens, residents, the public, private…

  • Belarus is Turning to a New Decade

    By Dr. Stanislav Vassilevsky, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Republic of Belarus in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Belarusian-Dutch bilateral political dialogue in recent years has become more active and promising, since a higher level of contact reflects a strong common interest and a broader agenda. We have held two informative sessions of political consultations at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers and organized the first ever visit of the Dutch parliamentarians to Belarus in 2019 communicating regularly at the multilateral fora. Recent developments have created a favorable background for further intensification of contacts. We welcome the positive trend in…

  • Four Centuries of Ghana-Netherlands Relations: A Historical Perspective

    By H.E. Ms. Sophia Horner-Sam, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the Kingdom of The Netherlands. The Republic of Ghana and the Kingdom of the Netherlands have maintained a long-standing and occasionally intricate economic, historical, political and cultural relations that have evolved between the two countries since 1598 when the Dutch established a trading post, Fort Nassau in Moree, a seaside resort now located in the Central region of Ghana. The Dutch then fortified its position by conquering the Elmina Fort from the Portuguese in 1637 and established the Dutch Gold Coast (a portion of contemporary Ghana) which it administered for…

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Bensouda statement about the situation in Guinea

Jan 24, 2020

ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, regarding the situation in Guinea: “Construction of the new courtroom in Conakry is an important step towards holding long-awaited trial and to see justice done”. I welcome the recent news on the official start of construction, within the premises of the Appeals Court of Conakry, of a new courtroom to host the trial of the events of 28 September 2009 at the Conakry stadium, which is the focus of my Office’s ongoing preliminary examination in the situation in Guinea.  This is an important step forward in the implementation process towards  holding  this long-awaited trial. In this regard, I note with…

The Office of the Prosecutor concludes mission to Colombia

Jan 24, 2020

In the context of its on-going preliminary examination of the situation in Colombia, a delegation from the Office of the Prosecutor (“Office”) of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) conducted a mission to the Republic of Colombia from 19 to 23 January 2020. The purpose of the mission was for the Office to engage in constructive discussions with the Government authorities to assess progress of national proceedings in relation to the areas of focus identified in the interim report on the situation, published in November 2012. In addition, the Office held valuable talks with representatives from international organisations and members…

Switzerland Contributes to OPCW

Jan 23, 2020

Switzerland Contributes CHF 300,000 to Support OPCW Activities and Centre for Chemistry and Technology The Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn and OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias. The Hague, Netherlands – 22 January 2020 – The Government of Switzerland will make two contributions totalling CHF 300,000 to support a number of major projects and activities of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). A contribution of CHF 200,000 will be made to the OPCW Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store through the construction…

Angola contributes to OPCW

Jan 22, 2020

Angola Contributes €25,000 to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology The Hague, Netherlands – 22 January 2020 – The Government of Angola has contributed €25,000  to a special Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store. This project will result in the construction of a new facility, the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology (“ChemTech Centre”). The contribution was formalised during a ceremony at the OPCW Headquarters between OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the Permanent Representative of Angola to the OPCW, H.E….

US ready to embrace artificial intelligence “to meet future global security challenges”

Jan 22, 2020

Lt. Gen. John Shanahan, Director of the US military’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.  By Guido Lanfranchi. As new technologies emerge in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), militaries around the world are increasingly considering using this technology to tackle security challenges. The United States aims at being at the forefront of such process – said Lt. Gen. John Shanahan, Director of the US military’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.   “We are entering a new era of global technological disruption, one that is fueled by data, software, AI, cyber, and cloud, with 5G soon to explode globally. The pace of change is…

Protests in Hong Kong: the take of the Chinese government

Jan 21, 2020

In the picture H.E. Ambassador Xu Hong. In an open discussion with over twenty Dutch and Chinese journalists, China’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Dr. Xu Hong, voiced his government’s stance on the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The Ambassador condemned the violent actions of the demonstrators, calling for the expression of any dissent through legal channels. Since June 2019, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) has been witnessing a strong wave of protests. At first, the demonstrators protested against a bill that would have allowed to extradite criminal suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China, voicing fears that…

France Contributes USD 1M to OPCW’s Trust Fund for Syria Missions

Jan 20, 2020

The Permanent Representative of France to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Luis Vassy and H. E. Mr. Fernando Arias, Director General of the OPCW. The Hague, Netherlands – 20 January 2020 – The Government of France is contributing USD 1M toward supporting the activities of the Trust Fund for Syria Missions at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which includes the work of the Declaration Assessment Team (DAT), the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM), and the Investigation and Identification Team (IIT). The Fund supports the Organisation’s special missions and contingency operations related specifically to the Syrian Arab Republic. The French…

Andorra Contributes €5,000 to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

Jan 20, 2020

In the picture the Permanent Representative of Andorra to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Esther Rabas and the OPCW Director General, H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias. The Hague, Netherlands – 20 January 2020 – The Government of Andorra has contributed €5,000 to a special Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store. This project will result in the construction of a new facility, the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology (“ChemTech Centre”). The contribution was formalised during a ceremony at the OPCW Headquarters between OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias,…

The Russian Old New Year in The Hague

Jan 20, 2020

Reception at the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands on the occasion of the Old New Year From Right, the Ambassador of Russia, H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin and Natalia Shulgin with two gorgeous dressed Russian ladies during the Old Year’s reception at the Russian Embassy. On January 13, 2020, the Russian Embassy in The Hague hosted a traditional reception on the occasion of the Old New Year. The event was attended by more than 100 guests. Among them were heads of diplomatic missions accredited in the Netherlands, the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, H.E. Mr. Fernando…

Algeria Contributes €15,000 to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

Jan 19, 2020

The Hague, Netherlands –17 January 2020– The Government of Algeria has contributed €15,000 to a special Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Trust Fund to support the project to upgrade the current OPCW Laboratory and Equipment Store. This project will result in the construction of a new facility, the OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology (“ChemTech Centre”). The contribution was formalised during a ceremony at the OPCW Headquarters between OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, and the Permanent Representative of Algeria to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Lounès Magramane. The Director-General expressed: “I thank the Government of Algeria for…

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Plaidoyer pour la Justice Pénale Internationale

Par François Roux. La Justice Pénale Internationale est en grande difficulté, et même en position d’accusée. Critiquée pour sa lenteur, son coût, ses décisions, ses errements. Comme je l’ai fait à plusieurs reprises pour des accusés devant les Tribunaux Pénaux Internationaux je veux bien prendre sa défense… si elle plaide coupable ! Si elle accepte de reconnaître ses erreurs et mieux, de les corriger. Ce n’est pas si difficile. Le grand écrivain français Albert Camus disait « mal nommer les choses c’est ajouter au malheur du monde ». Alors nommons-les. La Justice internationale pénale souffre d’un vice originel : le système de procédure accusatoire…

Being Free Is Always Better Than Not Being Free

By Igor Rybakov. (From the address at II Media Forum 2019, ‘Journalist freedom in the context of human right, new technologies, and international information security’, November 20-22, 2019, Prague, the Czech Republic) It is at least strange to hear of any crisis of liberalism here in the Czech Republic, at the European venue, where there was recently celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the Tender Revolution which had marked the conscious choice of the Czech people to build a new democratic parliamentary republic with priority of human rights and personal freedoms limited by the Constitution. The ideas and foundations of liberalism…

OMG! Van Eyck was here

Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution By John Dunkelgrün. Throughout 2020 the city of Ghent in Flanders will celebrate its connection to one of the world’s greatest painters, Jan van Eyck. The most important part of this celebration will be in the Museum of Fine Arts (Museum Voor Schone Kunsten or MSK). It is the largest Van Eyck exhibition ever held with more than half of the works by him that still exist worldwide. The works are contrasted with works from his atelier, works by important contemporaries and works done jointly with his brother Hubert. The core of the exhibition, the…

Towards a World in Which All Children Can Play

By Dr. May-May Meijer. H.E. Mr. Alexander Shulgin, the ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Hague and envoy to the OPCW was interviewed in Diplomat Magazine on November 15th about the chemical attack that took place in the Syrian city of Douma on April 7th, 2018. As a result of the chemical attack the United States, France, and the United Kingdom carried out a series of military strikes against multiple government sites in Syria. H.E. Mr. Shulgin stated in the article that, because of those attacks, the world was on the brink of a major confrontation between two nuclear powers.  Just after the chemical attack in Douma, Peace SOS received a press release titled “Massive Chemical Weapon Attack Leaves…

The Challenges of Ethics and Roboethics in the conduct of hostilities and in everyday technology

By Marco Pizzorno. The new types of conflict are oriented towards the use of autonomous intelligence capable of correcting and evolving from previous errors. The current dynamics of warfare change the rules of combat and consequently, even the fundamental guarantees are forced to chase the future and its challenges. Currently, technological science has focused on new forms of intelligence, or AI, artificial intelligence. The use of drones in recent conflicts opens up many reflections on how and when a virtual conscience is able to recognize and distinguish what is considered a military target from a civilian or a civilian asset….

The equation of Communism with Nazism

De-evolution of Europe By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarević. (First Part) It was indeed cynical and out-of-touch for the EU (Parliament) to suddenly blame, after 80 years, the Soviet Union for triggering WWII. It is unwise (to say least) to resurrect the arguments surrounding the circumstances of the start of World War II. The historians have agreed, the history has been written and well documented, and is in our books already for many decades.  There is no point in contemporary politicians of eastern flank of the EU (with a striking but complicit silence from the central Europe) pushing up the facts regarding…

Revisiting the Ukraine-Russia-EU triangular dynamics

By Tanvi Chauhan. With the narrative that floats around, one is tempted to think that the Ukraine crisis is all about Crimea; that it started and ended there. So what about the internal oblasts like Odessa, Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk (the South- Eastern regions) where a protracted conflict broke out? Are they not part of the resolution to the Ukraine crisis? But before any party decides on how to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, it is crucial to understand what needs to be resolved.  What needs to be Resolved? First, the negotiating status. Formal peace talks began with the Minsk-I ceasefire in September 2014…

Fundamental legacy of The Nuremberg and Tokyo Trials (1945-1948)

Picture Nuremberg trials. By Wedyan AlMadani . These – rather unfortunate – days some voices in Europe are trying, in a quite ahistorical fashion, to question the very fundaments of the antifascist legacy. Dangerous and highly destructive equitation attempts are on the way. Still, this legacy is what finally made the Old continent human and peaceful – a role model to admire and for the rest of us to follow.  Such regrettable equitations make it worth to revisit the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials, which are essential pillars of the Human Rights charter brokered right after under the OUN auspices. Consequently,…

Protests in Hong Kong: the take of the Chinese government

In the picture H.E. Ambassador Xu Hong. In an open discussion with over twenty Dutch and Chinese journalists, China’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Dr. Xu Hong, voiced his government’s stance on the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. The Ambassador condemned the violent actions of the demonstrators, calling for the expression of any dissent through legal channels. Since June 2019, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) has been witnessing a strong wave of protests. At first, the demonstrators protested against a bill that would have allowed to extradite criminal suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China, voicing fears that…

Qatar blurs regional powers to diffuse Iran-US conflict

By Malik Ayub Sumbal. Qatar once more takes the lead as a mediator in the recent crisis that engulfed the Middle East after the targeted assassination of Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian Major General in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who was targeted by the US drone strike at Baghdad’s International Airport on 3rd January 2020. Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s visit to Iran directly after the incident of Soleimani’s killing is being seen as a very serious and wise diplomatic move by the Qatari side to reduce the tension in the region. For the last decade, Qatar has been…

Residentie Orkest’s New Year’s Concert

Residentie Orkest “New Year’s Concert” – Kari Postma, soprano; Kareem Abdulla, conductor. Text and pictures by Catherine Dailey. The Zuiderstand Theater, overlooking the Scheveningen harbor, was filled with anticipation for the Residentie’s Orkest’s long awaited “New Year’s Concert” in honor of the orchestra’s Business Circle and loyal patrons. Of the years, the New Year’s concert has become the “place to be” for classical music enthusiasts. The feeling of a “homecoming gathering” permeated the pre-concert cocktail reception as many of the invitees, well known in the The Hague’s business, professional and political circles, were clearly known to each other from other relationships in…

US-Iran tensions: escalation and de-escalation

By Guido Lanfranchi The transition to the new year has been marked by rising tensions between the United States and Iran. For a few days, the Middle East has been on the brink of a new potential war, with the two countries adopting a strong rhetoric and conducting military operations against each other. Despite these tense days, Washington and Tehran seem now headed towards de-escalation – although the underlying tensions between them largely remain in place. January 12th, 2020. New year, new decade, old tensions. The beginning of 2020 has been marked by a dangerous escalation of tensions between the…

Soleimani’s Assassination Triggers US–Iran Standoff

By Malik Ayub Sumbal. Amidst an environment of a tense standoff between Iran and the US since the last couple of months, the United States assassinated high-ranking Iranian military and intelligence official Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport on Friday morning along with several other Iran-backed officials operating in Iraq. The assassination of Qasem Soleimani is being anticipated as the most aggressive action, which could trigger the US and Iran towards a possible state of war by exposing the region to alarming tragedy. Both sides are making vengeful statements with objectives to undermine each other with…

Dominican Republic: A door in the Caribbean towards development

By Brigitte Saint Hilaire Ricart. “There is a country in the world placed on the same path of the Sun” … That is the way that the national poet Pedro Mir begins his masterful poem, and I am pleased to share with you that there is a country in the Caribbean that is a door towards development, and that country is the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is one of the countries in the region that maintains a high social and political stability, an ongoing industrial development and a constantly growing economy, that often exceeds the growth of other countries…

Le Mali et des personnalités africaines réaffirment leur soutien à la CPI

Le Mali et des personnalités africaines de haut niveau réaffirment leur soutien à la CPI et à son mandat, lors d’un congrès majeur à Bamako Du 14 au 16 novembre 2019, la Cour pénale internationale (« CPI » ou « la Cour ») a participé au 1ercongrès international en Afrique du Barreau Pénal International. L’événement a eu lieu à Bamako, République du Mali sur le thème “Afrique: Nouveaux enjeux pour la justice pénale internationale et le Barreau Pénal International”.  Ce congrès organisé en collaboration avec l’Ordre des Avocats du Barreau du Mali s’est voulu être un espace d’échanges ouverts et…

‘Culture for Peace’ for our Common Future

Director-General, Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic with a Culture for Peace logo (work of the sculpturist univ prof. Alem Korkut). Interview by Filippo Romeo. Today, we are talking with Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic, vibrant and charming yet, bold and visionary founder and director of a comprehensive platform aimed at unifying potentials for the future: Culture for Peace.  From the very heart of old continent, central Europe’s shiny capital – Vienna, an interesting message of sustainability comes through a web of meanings: connecting scientific approach, artistic touch and practical yet decisive action.  What represents this Platform? Unifying Potentials for the Future – Culture for…