October 13, 2019

  • Komitas Vardapet, a 150th jubilee for an Armenian giant

    In the picture H.E. Ambassador Ashot Smbatyan. By Dr Tatevik Shakhkulyan and Ambassador Ashot Smbatyan. Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935) is an Armenian composer, music collector, musicologistand music performer. Devoting his entire life to research of traditional Armenian music, he created a national Armenian style of music composition and outlined paths for development of Armenian music. He was one of the pioneers in ethnomusicology in the world. Komitas is one of the most known personalities in the entire history of Armenia. His life and his activity symbolize the “Armenianness”. Many Armenians perceive him as an identity. Komitas’s birth name was Soghomon Soghomonian. He…

  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina On Cover Diplomat Magazine

    Diplomat Magazine unveils its cover story edition on Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the Mother of Humanity. The launching of the special issue took place in The Hague on Thursday 12 September 2019. Diplomat Magazine unveiled its latest cover story “Sheikh Hasina: The Mother of Humanity” on 12 September 2019 in The Hague. The new edition was introduced to members of The Hague-based diplomatic corps, international media, think-tanks, business and political personalities, in a simple ceremony at Crowne Plaza Promenade. Ambassadors of China, Malaysia, Rwanda, Indonesia, Vietnam, Iran, Republic of Korea, Uzbekistan, State of Palestine, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Angola,…

  • 11 years since the occupation of 20% of Georgia’s territory

    By H.E. George Sharvashidze, Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 11 years have passed since Russia’s aggression against Georgia in 2008. After the invasion, Russian Federation illegally occupied Georgia’s historical regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia. As a result of the occupation, security and stability on the ground is constantly being threatened. Local population faces severe socio-economic ruin and humanitarian hurdles, gross violations of human rights and ethnic discrimination is being promoted, people are deprived of their lives. Moreover, Russia has intensified the steps towards factual annexation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, seeking full incorporation…

  • Viet Nam’s membership in the United Nations Security Council for the term 2020-2021

    A new milestone in Multilateral Diplomacy of the country In the picture H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam. By H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam to the Netherlands. Over the past years, following the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization and diversification of foreign relations, and active international integration, Viet Nam has attached great importance to the work of multilateral mechanisms. Today, Viet Nam enjoys free trading relations with nearly 60 major countries and partners in the world as a result of its membership of 16 Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), some of which are…

  • Suriname, the most forested country in the world

    Hosted HFLD Conference on Climate Finance Mobilization. In the picture H.E President Desire Bouterse, President of the Republic Suriname (R) and H.E Antoine Joly, Ambassador of France in Suriname (L) By Mr. Oquemele Denz MSc, Chargé d’affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Suriname. The Embassy of the Republic of Suriname in the Hague, Netherlands, introduces Suriname to the Diplomat Magazine as the most forested country in the world, with a forest coverage of 93%. In addition, Suriname has a low deforestation rate and with these characteristics belongs to the group of countries with High Forest cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD). It is…

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“Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court”

Oct 12, 2019

Russian Embassy receives with glam new exhibition at the Hermitage On October 4 the Embassy of Russia in the Netherlands held a reception dedicated to the opening of a new exhibition “Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court” at the Hermitage Amsterdam.  On October 4, 2019 the Russian Embassy in the Kingdom of the Netherlands  held a reception dedicated to the opening of a new exclusive exhibition “Jewels! Glittering at the Russian Court” at the Hermitage Amsterdam.  It introduces unique artworks from the collection of the State Hermitage in Saint Petersburg and was organized to mark the 255th anniversary of the museum,…

Mayor of The Hague Pauline Krikke resigns, acting mayor Johan Remkes

Oct 12, 2019

By Anton Lutter. A critical report, concerning the firebrands in Scheveningen during the New Year’s Eve celebration of 2018-2019 published by the Dutch Safety Board, led to the resignation of Mrs. Pauline Krikke as mayor of The Hague. She announced her stepping down “as of immediately” in a clip on her Instagram account Sunday the 6th.  Telling the public “With heart and soul, I have been mayor of The Hague” being a mayor since 2001. Previously Pauline Krikke was mayor of Arnhem (2001-2013) and managing-director of the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. The Kings Commissioner Mr. Jaap Smit has appointed political heavyweight…

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Visits OPCW

Oct 11, 2019

In the picture H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, Director General at the OPCW and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cypres, H.E. Mr. Nikos Christodoulides. TTHE HAGUE, Netherlands — 11 October 2019 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, H.E. Mr. Nikos Christodoulides, met today at OPCW headquarters in The Hague. The Director-General and the Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed progress in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and the Organisation’s activities to address current challenges in achieving the total and…

ICC concludes confirmation of charges hearing in Yekatom and Ngaïssona case

Oct 11, 2019

Today, 11 October 2019, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Alfred Yekatom and Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona concluded before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua (Presiding Judge), Judge Tomoko Akane and Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala.   The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the suspects committed each of the crimes charged. If the charges are confirmed, in full or in part, the case will be transferred to a Trial…

The 2019 National Day of Chile

Oct 11, 2019

By Roy Lie Atjam. The National Day of Chile or Fiestas Patrias is officially celebrated on September 18. On the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Chile, the Ambassador of Chile H.E. Ms. María Teresa de Jesus Infante organized a reception to celebrate her county’s 208th anniversary. The celebrations took place on 20 September 2019. Many of ambassador MaríaTeresa Infante’ colleagues, members of the business community, the army, government persons, as well as friends of Chile, came to congratulate her. The guests were cordially invited to part take of the drinks, food and the music performed by a Chilean band. There…

OPCW Director-General Shares Vision for Addressing WMD Challenges at Asser Institute Training

Oct 11, 2019

The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, October second, delivered the keynote address at the opening of the OPCW and T.M.C. Asser Institute’s Tenth Annual Training Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in The Hague. The training course, taking place from 30 September to 4 October, provides early to mid-career professionals with a comprehensive overview of the legal, scientific, diplomatic, and geo-political issues involved in WMD non-proliferation and disarmament efforts. In his keynote speech, OPCW Director-General Arias encouraged participants to embrace new perspectives and emerging technologies when addressing the challenges…

ICC President visits Rwanda

Oct 11, 2019

The President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, on Friday 20 September 2019 concluded a two-day working visit to Kigali, Rwanda, where he participated in a capacity building programme for the Rwandan judiciary on international criminal law as well as held bilateral meetings with officials to promote dialogue and closer relations between the ICC and Rwanda. The ICC President encouraged Rwanda to become a party to the Court’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute, in order to enlarge its universality. The training session in which President Eboe-Osuji participated forms part of a broader capacity building programme for the Rwandan judiciary organized by…

Mexican Vice Minister and ICC President unveil artwork donation to International Criminal Court

Oct 11, 2019

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, ICC President Chile Eboe-Osuji, Vice Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of Mexico HE Martha Delgado Peralta, Ambassador of Mexico HE José Antonio Zabalgoitia and Representative of Jorge Marín’s art studio Elena Catalán unveiling the artwork donated to the Court September 12, 2019. ©ICC-CPI On September 12, 2019, the Vice Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ms Martha Delgado Peralta, and the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, unveiled an artwork donation from the Government of Mexico to the ICC during a Ceremony held at the seat of the…

Exhibit of Indian Cartoonist R.K. Laxman Opens

Oct 10, 2019

In the picture His Excellency Venu Rajamony, Ambassador of India Admiring the Laxman’s work together with Dr. Dharmendra Bhandari. By Catherine Dailey. On Friday, October 4, His Excellency Venu Rajamony, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, inaugurated the “R.K. Laxman, The Uncommon Man” exhibition at the Gandhi Center in The Hague. The subjects on display include art, caricature, humor and political cartoons. Most have been included in Dr. Dharmendra Bhandari’s recently published book of the same title, a compilation features a collection of works since 1948.  Professor Nirmala Sharma, Director of the Gandhi Center, introduced the Ambassador,…

The Prince of Wales attends commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem

Oct 10, 2019

The Prince of Wales attended commemorative events in the Netherlands for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem on Saturday September 21. In September 1944, more than 35,000 British, American and Polish airborne troops landed behind enemy lines in Arnhem by parachute and glider, launching Operation Market Garden. It is today considered the largest airborne operation in history. His Royal Highness began the day with a commemorative service at Ginkel Heath with HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. Their Royal Highnesses both laid wreaths and viewed a wave of parachute drops onto the heath, including soldiers from The Parachute Regiment,…

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Mayor of The Hague Pauline Krikke resigns, acting mayor Johan Remkes

By Anton Lutter. A critical report, concerning the firebrands in Scheveningen during the New Year’s Eve celebration of 2018-2019 published by the Dutch Safety Board, led to the resignation of Mrs. Pauline Krikke as mayor of The Hague. She announced her stepping down “as of immediately” in a clip on her Instagram account Sunday the 6th.  Telling the public “With heart and soul, I have been mayor of The Hague” being a mayor since 2001. Previously Pauline Krikke was mayor of Arnhem (2001-2013) and managing-director of the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. The Kings Commissioner Mr. Jaap Smit has appointed political heavyweight…

Uzbekistan 1st International Handcrafters Festival

Color and passion from all over the world – five days in Kokand By Hester Dijkstra. Uzbekistan, a country with a magnificent historic architecture, as well as a rich crafts tradition. Invited by the embassy of Uzbekistan in Brussels, Diplomat Magazine had the opportunity to visit Uzbekistan’s 1st Handcrafters Festival in Kokand. As we quickly realized, it was there that the best objects and souvenirs could be found.  The majority of tourists generally do not come to Kokand, as they more often visit the capital Tashkent and the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. These cities are known for their…

Cuba’s biopharmaceutical industry suffers from blockade

By the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations. New York City, 8 October 2019. The blockade continues to be the fundamental obstacle to the implementation of both the Economic and Social Development Plan until 2030 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This is only demonstrated if we mention the value of the damages caused to production and service sectors in Cuba between April 2018 and March 2019: 79 million dollars, which represents an increase of 28% in relation to the same previous stage. Can you imagine what it would mean for Cuba to transform the cost of the blockade into…

Bangladeshi diaspora conference in Brussels: “None is Free from Extremist Threats in Globalized World”

In the picture Brando Benifei , Member of the European Parliament from Italy. Brussels, October 3: The European Bangladesh Forum (EBF), a Bangladeshi diaspora organization based in Europe at an international conference on “Bangladesh and South Asia: Security Challenges and Threats from Violent Extremism and Role of Government and Civil Society” in Brussels underscored the need to forge more concerted efforts and work together with the governments to stop violent extremism across the globe. Speakers in the conference said, none is free from extremist threats in this globalized world and said, dialogue is the one of the main solutions to…

New National Member for Lithuania at Eurojust

Ms Margarita Šniutytė-Daugėlienė joined Eurojust as National Member for Lithuania on 20 August. Ms Šniutytė-Daugėlienė replaced Ms Laima Čekelienė, who returned to Lithuania after serving as Eurojust National Member for 11 years. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Law from Lithuanian Law University in Vilnius in 1999, Ms Šniutytė-Daugėlienė began her legal career as a public prosecutor in the Regional Prosecutor’s Office of Klaipeda, Lithuania, where she worked for 13 years, dealing with international legal cooperation and analysis of prosecution policy, as well as conducting and supervising criminal investigations. From 2011 to 2017, Ms Šniutytė-Daugėlienė served as EJN contact point. In 2012, Ms Šniutytė-Daugėlienė…

A Short History of the ASEAN Digital Future

By Dr. Andrew Sheng. This month, Malaysia celebrates its 62nd anniversary of Independence, led by 94-year old but digitally savvy Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Singapore also celebrated its 54th National Day this month, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaking in Malay, Mandarin and English about how to prepare Singapore for climate change. At the 74th anniversary of Independence, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced an ambitious plan to move the capital from Jakarta to Borneo. Traveling around ASEAN this month made me realize that while the rest of the world is more preoccupied with the turbulent present, Southeast Asia…

Limits to the Asia-Pacific Growth

By Meseto Abe. Following the massive  socio-economic success of the largest continent, corruption is the next battleground in the development of the Asia-Pacific. Lately, it has hampered inclusive and sustainable development and is a primary cause of the difficulty experienced by developing Asian-Pacific countries in advancing beyond the middle-income bracket.  Fostered by weak regulation and enforcement frameworks, corruption comes in many forms, including bribery, embezzlement, and cronyism. It undermines not only business ethics and positive social norms, but also people’s trust in political and economic systems, institutions, and leaders. Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which measures corruption in 180 countries…

Embassy Festival 2019

By Roy Lie Atjam. The seventh Embassy Festival took place in The Hague on 7thand 8thSeptember 2019. The participation in the festival this year involved about 70 Diplomatic missions accredited to the Netherlands.  This Festival is rather unique in the Netherlands. It was indeed a pleasure to meet attendees from other parts of Europe who were just as eager as myself to share and savor the essence of this year’s festival.  The participating embassies all showcased the various aspects of their respective cultures. As the theme of the festival  emphasized, the Embassy Festival is about the uplifting of global culture and uniting people from…

Indonesia abandoning its Capital ?

By Julia Suryakusuma. I have almost always lived in capital cities. I was born in New Delhi, resided in London, Prague (before Czechoslovakia split in 1993), Budapest, Rome, Bonn (long before the capital moved to Berlin in 1991), when my parents were posted there as diplomats. When in Indonesia, it’s always been in Jakarta.  So am I a capital city snob? In connection to the uber-densely populated, polluted, badly planned, garbage-filled, flood prone, traffic-choked, sinking city that Jakarta is? Hah! Not likely.  Jakarta is Indonesia’s gateway to the world, Southeast Asia’s most dynamic metropolitan area, and the nation’s economic, political, cultural and…

Bridging the Gender Gap in International Law: meet the Women in International Law Network

In the picture current Board Members of the Women in International Law Network: Marija Stajic-Radivojsa Legal Adviser, Serbian Embassy in the Netherlands, Katharina Kofler Legal Adviser,  Austrian Embassy in the Netherlands, Yukiko Harimoto, Legal Adviser, Japanese Embassy in the Netherlands, Ana Cristina Rodriguez Pineda Chef de Cabinet and Principal Legal Advisor, United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and Antonia Pereira de Sousa External Relations and Cooperation Officer, International Criminal Court.  The field of Law is still, be it on a national or international level, a predominantly male dominated territory. How can that be changed? How do women gain…

Nazarbayev’s opening of the Eurasian Parliamentary Meeting in Kazakhstan

In the picture Prime Minister Mark Rutte and First President of Kazakhstan Nur-Sultan Nazarbayev. On September 23rd-24th, Kazakhstan hosted the 4thMeeting of Parliamentary Speakers of Eurasian countries in Nur-Sultan, where Diplomat Magazine was present on the ground. The conference started with an address by former President Nazarbayev, who praised his country’s achievements and voiced aspirations for a more integrated Eurasia. The 4th Meeting of Parliamentary Speakers of Eurasian countries was a crowded one, hosting parliamentary delegations from around 65 countries in Europe and Asia, as well as representatives of 14 international parliamentary organizations. During the Meeting’s first day, the delegates…

4thMeeting of Parliamentary Speakers of Eurasia’s Countries set to begin in Nur-Sultan

In September 23rd-24th, 2019, Kazakhstan will host the 4thMeeting of Speakers of Parliaments of the Countries of Eurasia. Politicians and diplomats from all over the Eurasian landmass will gather in Nur-Sultan to discuss the theme: “Greater Eurasia: Dialogue. Trust. Partnership”. From Spain and France in the West, to Japan and Indonesia in the East; from India and Oman in the South, to the Russian Federation in the North. This is the geographic scope of the 4thMeeting of Speakers of Parliaments of the Countries of Eurasia, set to take place in Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan on September 23rd-24th, 2019. As of now,…

Implementing security mechanism in Northeast Syria

By Guido Lanfranchi. The militaries of the United States and Turkey are jointly implementing a security mechanism for Northeastern Syria. The aim of the operations – U.S. military officials explained – is to support the fight against ISIS, while at the same time addressing Turkey’s security concerns. As a complex and multi-layered war continues to affect Syria, the United States and Turkey are currently trying to cooperate in order to address some of the problems faced in the north-eastern part of the country. To date, Turkish and U.S. forces have already conducted five aerial reconnaissance patrols and one combined ground…

The Amazon fires: a turning point in history?

By Barend ter Haar. The fires in the Amazon forest have raised extraordinary concern all over the world. But when we focus our attention at the fires, we might miss the revolution in international relations that is happening before our eyes: never before have so many countries put so much pressure on another country to force some of its inhabitants to behave more eco-friendly. Not so long ago, sovereign countries were free to do whatever they wanted on their territory. This is reflected in the Charter of the United Nations, which states that the United Nations is not authorized “to…

U.S. administration strengthens its toolbox to fight terrorism

By Guido Lanfranchi. Eighteen years after the 9/11 attacks, the United States administration has significantly updated its terrorist designation mechanism. The update – enacted through a Presidential Executive order – will enable the U.S. to step up its campaign to deny revenues to terrorist groups and leaders. The attacks of September 11th, 2001 ushered in a new era for the United States’ counterterrorism policy. On September 11th, 2019, eighteen years later, an Executive Order issued by President Donald J. Trump is set to step up U.S. efforts to chase terrorists around the world and deny them their sources of revenue….

USAF Bomber Task Force deploys to Europe to bolster readiness

By Guido Lanfranchi. The U.S. Air Force has temporarily deployed B-2 strategic stealth bombers to RAF Fairford, England. The bombers have been testing synergies with both 5thand 4thgeneration aircraft, including with partner F-35s, to bolster the readiness of U.S. and NATO forces in the region. For the second time this year, the United States Air Force’s Bomber Task Force has deployed its aircraft in Europe. After the deployment of six B-52 bombers in March 2019, in September it has been the turn of the B-2 strategic stealth bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing of Whiteman Air Force Base, which are…