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  • UN report accuses Israel of recklessness in Gaza

    Library blog - May 7, 2009

    A U.N. inquiry accused Israel on Tuesday 5 May of gross negligence and recklessness in attacks on U.N. property in the Gaza strip during fighting between the Jewish state and Palestinian militants in January (see the article of Patrick Worsnip in Reuters).
    An article of the Guardian by Ed Pilkington (New York) and Rory McCarthy in (Jerusalem) at Tuesday 5 May 2009 reports that: “The summary of the UN report, commissioned by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, censured the Israeli government for causing death, injuries and damage to UN property in seven incidents involving action by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).

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  • The Highs and Lows of the Freedom of Expression and Religion

    Library blog - March 18, 2009

    Combating discrimination and all forms of intolerance, as embodied in Article 1 [1] Dutch Constitution and criminally enforced through Article 137c – 137g of the Criminal Code, is a policy spearhead for the Dutch government.

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  • Biden: Afghanistan Situation ‘Deteriorating’

    Library blog - March 11, 2009

    During a visit to NATO at Brussels on Tuesday, March 10 US vice-president Joe Biden appealed to NATO allies to help the United States tackle worsening security in Afghanistan. According to Biden “The deteriorating situation in the region poses a security threat not just to the United States but to every single nation round this […]

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  • WTO launches new database on regional trade agreements

    Library blog - January 23, 2009

    On 14 january 2009 the database was launched and can be accessed in English, French and Spanish. The database can be searched by country, region, legal provision, date of notification or entry into force of the RTA. Summary tables of all RTAs currently in force, containing various types of information, can be easily exported by users of the database.

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  • UNHCR concerned about displaced Congolese and continuing LRA attacks

    Library blog - January 15, 2009

    On 13 January 2009 the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR published a news story about the humanitarian situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The UNHCR estimated that 537 people had been killed in LRA attacks since September in Oriental Province, which borders Uganda and South Sudan.

    On the same day, Joe Bavier of Reuters reported UN-“officials said the security and humanitarian situation in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Oriental Province had sharply deteriorated since the military operation started on December 14. Uganda, Congo and South Sudan launched the joint offensive against the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Congo’s Garamba National Park.”

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  • Karadžić located and arrested

    Library blog - July 22, 2008

    During the night of the 21st of July Radovan Karadžić was located and arrested by Serbian security officers.

    Radovan Karadžić is charged with genocide for the murder of close to 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995. The indictment alleges that Radovan Karadžić also committed genocide, persecutions and other crimes when forces under his command killed non-Serbs during and after attacks on towns throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    The arrest of Radovan Karadžić was welcomed as a “milestone” by war crimes prosecutors of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [ICTY]in The Hague.

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  • Implementation of environmental law

    Library blog - July 4, 2008

    A bibliography on the ‘Implementation of environmental law” is now available on the Peace Palace Library website. The bibliography has been compiled exclusively from materials available in the Peace Palace Library for the use of the researchers of the 2008 programme of the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International relations of the Hague Academy of International Law

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  • US Supreme Court decision Boumediene v. Bush [12 June 2008] about habeas corpus Guantanamo detainees

    Library blog - June 27, 2008

    The American Society for International Law (ASIL) published an article written by Andrew Kent about the Military Commissions Act (MCA) and the habeas corpus review concerning Guantanamo detainees. The US Supreme Court decided on June 12, 2008 that the US Military Commissions Act of 2006 violated the constitutional right of the detainees to meaningful habeas […]

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  • N Korea destroys nuclear reactor tower

    Library blog - June 27, 2008

    North Korea has demolished the cooling tower at its Yongbyon nuclear reactor.The Bush administration has reacted by removing North Korea from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism (axis of evil list); a step forward in the international relations between North Korea and the US.The intention to disarm was one of the cornerstones of the so […]

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