23 May 2013
Photo Courtesy: UN/OCHA/David Ohana
The Parliament of the Netherlands is currently in deliberations over making the presence of irregular migrants in the country a punishable criminal offense. This issue is part of the coalition agreement between the ruling Labor (PvdA) and Liberal (VVD) parties. According to the draft bill, the new law is meant to prevent migrants without the required documents from entering the country. The justification for the bill is in part that the presence of irregular migrants is a source of nuisance and crime in the Netherlands. The introduction of the draft bill and the discussions surrounding its justification have sparked significant debate as to the growing intolerance of the countries such as the Netherlands toward migrants in general and undocumented migrants in particular.
23 May 2013
Mr Jan Eliasson,Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice
Yesterday, the Hague Institute for Global Justice had the great honor and privilege of hosting the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Ambassador Jan Eliasson for a discussion on the current challenges facing the United Nations (UN). The event was moderated by the President of the Hague Institute, Dr. Abiodun Williams. A small, selected group of attendees took part in this Roundtable.
22 May 2013
The Model Code for the Investigation and Prosecution of International Crimes project seeks to develop and implement a master model code for international criminal procedure. On May 16, the steering committee and heads of each of the drafting working groups for the code met in The Hague to discuss the organization and working method of the project’s first phase.
03 May 2013
Mailian Refugees await food distribution.
The ongoing conflict in northern Mali between radical armed groups and Malian and French security forces has become a source of concern to its neighboring countries and beyond. Mali’s instability and fragility is attributed primarily to the scarcity of resources, a weak state and bad governance where understaffed institutions and rampant corruption have contributed to a state of disarray. Just as the security apparatus cannot maintain the government’s sovereignty and authority, state institutions are unable to provide justice, education, and healthcare to Mali’s citizens.
03 May 2013
UNHR Committee members and secretariat.
On April 24-26, The Hague Institute welcomed the United Nations Human Rights Committee for their first informal roundtable in The Hague.