September 21, 2019

  • 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…

  • Closer than ever: North Rhine-Westphalia’s relations with the Benelux region

     By Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, Minister of European and International Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia are like twins: with around 18 million inhabitants each, they are about the same size and, with a gross domestic product of around 700 billion Euro, about the same economic strength. As one country, they would be the fifth largest economy in the European Union. The entire Benelux region and North Rhine-Westphalia taken together constitute one of the most populous and economically strong mega-regions in the world. We form the continental centrepiece and the economic backbone of Europe, which stretches like a ribbon of densely…

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Merdeka 2019 Indonesia National Day

Sep 21, 2019

H.E. Mr. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of Indonesia. Tuesday 10 September 2019 was the celebration of  74 years of Indonesia’s Independence. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague, spread a grand garden party at “Wisma Duta” the residence of the Ambassador. The actual independence date is August 17. Over a thousand invitees, including friends, the diaspora, fellow diplomats as well as members of the business community, government officials and scores of other individuals attended. They all came by to felicitate the Ambassador H.E. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja. The reception was also…

Reception on the occasion of the National Day of the Slovak Republic

Sep 21, 2019

H.E. Mr. Roman Bužek, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the Netherlands and Mr. Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust. By Tereza Neuwirthová. On Wednesday, September 18th the Slovak embassy in The Hague hosted a reception to celebrate the Slovak National Day. It was the Day of Constitution, celebrated on September 1st as a national holiday in Slovakia which was the occasion for this gathering. H.E. Mr. Roman Bužek together with his wife, Mrs. Lívia Bužeková were great hosts of the reception as they greeted all of the honoured guests after their arrival to the embassy.  Among those attending were many…

New Zealand Contributes €100,000 to Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology

Sep 20, 2019

THE HAGUE, Netherlands —19 September 2019 — The Government of New Zealand has contributed €100,000 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 New Zealand to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Lyndal Walker. Ambassador Walker remarked: “New Zealand remains a strong…

Argentinean wines at VI Diplomats Welcome After Summer

Sep 19, 2019

In the picture from left to right: H.E. Mr. Dilyor Khakimov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Diplomat Magazine’s publisher, Alejandro Mitri, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Argentina, during his speech on behalf of the Ambassador, H.E. Horacio Salvador and the ambassador of Viet Nam, H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa. As Diplomat Magazine organized the VI Diplomats Welcome After Summer Reception, with the aim of welcoming back to The Hague diplomats and friends after the summer vacations, the Embassy of Argentina – under the lead of H.E. Ambassador Hector Horacio Salvador – has been…

Diplomat Magazine launch its new edition

Sep 18, 2019

The launching of the new issue with a cover story on Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, took place at Crowne Plaza in The Hague on Thursday 12 September 2019 during the VI Diplomats Welcome After Summer before hundreds of guests. Ambassadors of China, Malaysia, Rwanda, Indonesia, Vietnam, Iran, Republic of Korea, Uzbekistan, State of Palestine, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Angola, Tanzania, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Holy See, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, and Ecuador; Charge d’ Affaires, a.i. of the Russian Federation, Georgia, Argentina, Panama, Suriname and Azerbaijan; and representatives from the Embassies of the USA,…

Vietnam’s 74th National Day celebrated in The Hague

Sep 16, 2019

H.E. Ambassador Ngo Thi Hoa delivered her welcome address on the occasion of the 74thNational Day of The Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The Ambassador paid homage to  President Ho Chi Minh, the beloved leader of the Vietnamese people. The Ambassador stated the following: On behalf of the Embassy of Vietnam in the Hague, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you to the reception celebrating the 74th National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. More than seven decades ago, on September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh, the beloved leader of the Vietnamese people, proclaimed the Declaration…

Embassy Festival 2019

Sep 16, 2019

Ambassadors at the Des Indes Embassy Festival’s opening reception By Roy Lie Atjam. The seventh Embassy Festival took place in The Hague on 7th and 8th September 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…

XXVII Ibero-American summit in the Valleys of Andorra

Sep 13, 2019

The Principality of Andorra is the newest and smallest member of the Ibero-American Conference. With a history and a culture bridging between the south and north of the Pyrenees, its institutions, old and original, have allowed it to consolidate itself in the modernity. Andorra promotes multilingualism and diversity as values related to his own identity. By assuming the pro tempore chairmanship in the secretariat of the Ibero-American Conference (SPT) until the end of its term of office, the XXVII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government shall take place in November 2020 in the micro-state. By 2020, Andorra wishes to strengthen its…

Launch of Judicial Counter-Terrorism Register at Eurojust: Speeding up and strengthening the judicial response to terrorism

Sep 8, 2019

The Hague, 5 September 2019- A Counter-Terrorism Register (CTR) has been launched at Eurojust to reinforce the judicial response in Member States to terrorist threats and to improve security for citizens. The CTR, which entered into force on 1 September, centralises key judicial information to establish links in proceedings against suspects of terrorist offences. The CTR is managed by Eurojust in The Hague on a 24-hour basis and provides proactive support to national judicial authorities. This centralised information will help prosecutors to coordinate more actively and to identify the suspects or networks that are being investigated in specific cases with…

Foreign dignitaries in the Netherlands paid tributes to ‘Bangabandhu’

Sep 4, 2019

H. E. Mr. Rabin Baldewsingh, former Deputy Mayor of The Hague, the Guest of Honor, H.E. Mr. Carlos J. Arguello Gomez, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Dr. Dilruba Nasrin spouse of the Bangladesh Ambassador and H.E. Sheik Mohammed Bellal, Ambassador of Bangladesh. 28 August 2019, The Hague: Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was remembered in the Netherlands by foreign diplomats and dignitaries as they attended the first ever art exhibition on Bangabandhu titled ‘Bangabandhu : In Remembrance’on 28 August 2019 at the Embassy of Bangladesh, The Hague. A sizable crowd of Diplomats and dignitaries attended the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition….

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U.S. condemns human rights violations in Venezuela

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet. By Guido Lanfranchi. After the release of the UN updated report on the human rights situation Venezuela, officials of the United States administration harshly condemned Maduro government for conducting abuses against the Venezuelan people. In the meanwhile, in early September the U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela travelled to Brussels to hold discussions with his EU counterparts. In early September, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, released new information on the human rights situation in Venezuela – updating a previous report presented to the UN Human…

Deeper meanings of the Hong Kong protests

Is China a gamechanger or yet another winner? By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarević. Does our history only appear overheated, while it is essentially calmly predetermined? Is it directional or conceivable, dialectic and eclectic or cyclical, and therefore cynical? Surely, our history warns. Does it also provide for a hope? Hence, what is in front of us: destiny or future? Theory loves to teach us that extensive debates on what kind of economic system is most conductive to human wellbeing is what consumed most of our civilizational vertical. However, our history has a different say: It seems that the manipulation of…

Diplomat Magazine launch its new edition

The launching of the new issue with a cover story on Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, took place at Crowne Plaza in The Hague on Thursday 12 September 2019 during the VI Diplomats Welcome After Summer before hundreds of guests. Ambassadors of China, Malaysia, Rwanda, Indonesia, Vietnam, Iran, Republic of Korea, Uzbekistan, State of Palestine, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Angola, Tanzania, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Holy See, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, and Ecuador; Charge d’ Affaires, a.i. of the Russian Federation, Georgia, Argentina, Panama, Suriname and Azerbaijan; and representatives from the Embassies of the USA,…

Embassy Festival 2019

Ambassadors at the Des Indes Embassy Festival’s opening reception By Roy Lie Atjam. The seventh Embassy Festival took place in The Hague on 7th and 8th September 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…

Mauritius, at the crossroads of world heritages

By Arvind Bundhun, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority.  Mauritius is reputed as a luxury vacation destination, with many leading and world class hotels around the island’s coasts. There is no doubt whatsoever that it suits perfectly to the taste of visitors who like to enjoy such a destination like ours. Luxury hotels in Mauritius are affordable and offer some of the best value deals in the Indian Ocean. Sea, sun and sand have always been the core tourism product but lately we have made inroads into other niche products such as golf, wellness, shopping, sports tourism amongst others to improve our attractiveness…

U.S. willing to get its relationship with the EU “back on track again”

Gordon Sondland, right, the US ambassador to the EU, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, are welcomed to Brussels by the European parliament president, David-Maria Sassoli. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA By Guido Lanfranchi. In the wake of the European elections of last spring, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has held meetings with the four incoming EU leaders. Commenting on the meetings, the U.S. Ambassador to the EU expressed satisfaction, stressing how everyone agreed on “the necessity to get our relationship back on track again”.  This spring, the European elections and their complex aftermath have eventually determined the names of…

France: Chaos or a New Social Compact?

By Dr. Guy Millière. At the end of the parade, a few dozen people release yellow balloons into the sky and distribute leaflets saying “The yellow vests are not dead.” The police disperse them, quickly and firmly. Moments later, hundreds of “Antifa” anarchists arrive, throw security barriers on the roadway to erect barricades, start fires and smash the storefronts of several shops. The police have a rough time mastering the situation, but early in the evening, after a few hours, they restore the calm. A few hours later, thousands of young Arabs from the suburbs gather near the Arc de…

The State of Affairs in Latin America

A Conversation with Secretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro By Geovanny Vicente Romero. A few days ago, I had the honor of joining an event that the Brademas Center and the prestigious New York University (NYU) hosted on its campus in Washington, DC, better known as NYU-DC. The event was titled, “A conversation with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro“. This important discussion was held within the framework of the #DCDialogues, a forum that convenes academia, government, the private sector, and the general community in the political capital of the world, Washington,…

We never work alone

By Martina Maschauer, Managing Director Bayern International . It was a great pleasure for me to be able to take over the management of Bayern International after having held positions in the Bavarian State Chancellery, Brussels and China, among others. Like hardly any other economy, Bavaria is linked to the global economy. Bavarian companies have an export quota of around 50% – every second euro is earned abroad. As Bayern International, we see it as our task to make it easier for Bavarian companies to enter foreign business. We have focused on Bavarian SMEs. The small and medium-sized companies are the…

Facade advertising: Permit or notification necessary?

There are no general rules for facade advertising. The rules are determined by each municipality independently. However, the more prominent and invasive the advertising is, the sooner a permit will be required. Therefore, first check the rules in your municipality or ask legal advice before placing facade advertising.  Local Each municipality determines separately in its general municipal by-law whether, and under which conditions, facade advertising is allowed. Many municipalities have a permit system: facade advertising without a permit is prohibited. In some cases, submitting a notification form is sufficient. A notification might be sufficient if the facade advertising requires no…

Purchase of stolen cultural objects. What are the consequences?

By Reinier W.L. Russell, LL.M. Countries can recover cultural heritage that was illegally exported. Art dealers and collectors might be confronted with such a claim unexpectedly, for instance if they have bought an artwork at an auction. If it turns out that the artwork was indeed exported illegally, it must be relinquished to the state in question. If the buyer has bought it in good faith, he is entitled to a compensation. For cultural heritage from the European Union, this is all covered by the directive on the return of cultural objects (Directive 2014/60/EU). How this scheme works in practice…

The US Economic Warfare

By Calistrat M. Atudorei, International Institute for Global Analyses. The United States became a militarized state, a perpetual war machine, fundamentally oriented towards the domination of the other states, at all levels. As shown in previous works, this status is viewed in the theories of political realism, as an expression of any superpower’s tendency to achieve hegemony, thus ensuring its maximum degree of security. In terms of political realism, the Power of a state is chiefly conferred by the state’s military force. The higher the force of the army, the greater is the persuasion of that state on the others….

The USA v the ICC

By Mara Lemanis. No sooner did the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announce her intent to investigate the United States’ involvement with alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, than the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, struck back, announcing restrictions on visas to ICC staffers investigating US personnel and accusing the ICC of attacking American rule of law. Security Adviser, John Bolton, warned that sanctions would be imposed on the Court if it pursued probes into US activities in Afghanistan. Human rights groups condemned the decision, but Fatou Bensouda’s visa was revoked, and because the US has a Bilateral…

MIR – becoming a peace poet

By Dr. Hanneke Eggels MA,  author. Ever since the eighties and being a PEN member I published my bilingual books of poetry  on social issues related to politics and peace. The Dutch minister of Culture presented my  ‘MIR’ – Russian for ‘peace’ – during Days of Dutch Culture  in 2003 to her Russian colleague  as the first book of poetry of a living Dutch poet translated in Russian language. All so long ago, those were the days….. As a kind of  peace poet I always felt inspired by human rights to denounce great and small themes. Before  Oprah’s book club …

Laying the Path to Accountability for Starvation Crimes

New memo series provides authoritative legal and case study analysis for why starvation can and should be prosecuted as an international crime. In the picture Catriona Murdoch. Boston, MA/The Hague, The Netherlands – June 18, 2019 – Global Rights Compliance (GRC) and the World Peace Foundation (WPF) at The Fletcher School (Tufts University), partners in the project “Accountability for Starvation: Testing the Limits of the Law” have published a series of memos documenting how existing international law might apply to starvation conditions, and why it should be applied to Syria, South Sudan and Yemen (forthcoming). “Mass starvation is not a…

Water Diplomacy: Creating Spaces for Nile Cooperation

By Abraham Telar Kuc. The Nile River is the longest river on the earth, with eleven nation states sharing it and over 487 million people or about 20% of the African population living in the basin countries and they depend partly or fully on the Nile for their daily water use, foods and other economic benefits. The river drains 10 % of the African continent or an area greater than 3,176,541 km2, and its divided to ten different sub-basins with two main feeding sources’ the White Nile and the Blue Nile, which making it one of the worlds largest and…