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  • Looted Ethiopian Treasure

    April 19, 2018

    On April 13, it was the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Maqdala between the British empire and the Abyssinian empire, in modern day Ethiopia. The battle of 1868, which basically started as an expedition to free British hostages taken by the Abyssinian emperor, resulted in a decisive victory for the British and the suicide of the Abyssinian emperor Tewodros. In the aftermath, the British troops plundered the empire and loaded 15 elephants and almost 200 mules with their spoils. The Victoria and Albert Museum now hosts a special display with a number of the artifacts. This exposition raises the issue of the restitution of the looted artifacts to Ethiopia.

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  • From the Peace Palace to Hollywood

    March 13, 2018

    The stories behind the Peace Palace interior designs and designers have never before been explored in great detail. However, they contributed to making the Peace Palace not only a unique building and a product of an era, but also a visible icon of peace and justice. A blog about designer Herman Rosse, a man with ambition, a vast artistic experience and the talent to do great things. It would eventually lead him to becoming the first Dutchman ever to win an Oscar.

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  • The Eagle Has Landed

    August 4, 2017

    A more than 2 meters high statue of an eagle has been in restoration for many years. The statue was first completely restored in the 1970’s after it was broken in two parts during building works. It was badly damaged again over 10 years ago. But now the eagle is back in good shape and placed at a wonderful location near the pond in the garden of the Peace Palace. But what’s exactly the story behind this fierce looking animal?

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  • Cultural Heritage

    Cultural Heritage distinguishes between Tangible Cultural Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage. Tangible Cultural Heritage can include archaeological sites, artifacts, buildings, monuments and culturally significant landscapes such as sacred places whereas Intangible Cultural Heritage can include language, oral histories, beliefs, rituals, ceremonies, customs, music, dance and other arts. The most important international organization that deals with Cultural Heritage is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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  • Hide & Seek in the Art World

    March 23, 2017

    When we look at a piece of art, we enter the secret world of art. When we buy a piece of art, we enter the secret world of the art market. When anonymity in the art market is about protecting privacy, it’s a legitimate ground for secrecy. When secrecy paints a picture of a thinly regulated art trade where anonymity is used as playground to shield all kinds of doubtful behaviour and ownership, it is questionable. Law firms play a crucial role in this questionable secrecy in art market. Those law firms service their clients by incorporating and operating shell companies in ‘friendly’ jurisdictions and perform money laundering services as their core business. Law firms boost their client’s assets and inject them into the legal economy, through different money laundering schemes.

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  • Relief from Arch of Titus in Rome showing the spoils of Jerusalem

    ‘The World Forgetting, by the World Forgot’

    November 17, 2016

    At present there are many complex legal cases on cultural heritage waiting to be settled. These cases are a judicial challenge for all stakeholders. What makes it even more of a challenge is that most don’t realise the fact that cultural heritage is a component of a human rights issue. Cultural heritage could be described as a record of the genius of human beings. The legacy of artefacts, antiquities, traditions and living expressions could be seen as unintelligible foot print left behind for the next generations to mark our path through this world. It’s unimaginable to separate a people’s cultural heritage from the people itself and their rights.

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  • Cultural Property in Conflict

    August 4, 2016

    The destruction of cultural property is an old problem but still a topical issue. The destruction of cultural property in mostly Iraq and Syria is still a trending topic in the media. But it is not a new problem, cultural property has played a part in conflict and war throughout history. After the Second World War the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict 1954 was created to prevent this destruction in the future, but even then it continued. Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO, called this destruction of cultural property in Iraq ‘cultural cleansing’. “They want to tell us that there is no memory, that there is no culture, that there is no heritage”.

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  • Report: The Fine Art of Peacemaking: The Aesthetics of War

    March 31, 2016

    On Thursday March 24, The Hague Peace Projects, a fairly new peace organization in the city of The Hague, organized a Lecture titled ‘The Fine Art of Peacemaking; The Aesthetics of War’. This interesting event focusses on bringing together individuals from different disciplines, namely the field of human rights and the art world, whose work focusses on political and social issues. For this occasion, The Hague Peace Projects invited Russian human rights lawyer Oleg Khabibrakhmanov and Dutch artist Olphaert den Otter to discuss their work and engage in a dialogue to explore where arts and activism intersect, what they can learn from one another and how they can help to work towards bringing about sustainable peace.

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  • In Commemoration of Herman Rosse

    In Commemoration of Herman Rosse

    April 30, 2015

    We would like to honor the talented and multi-faceted artist Herman Rosse (1887-1965) with a brief summary of his artistic career since this year it is fifty years ago that he passed away. Herman Rosse was especially assigned by the Board of the Carnegie Foundation as a specialist of the design of the interior of the Peace Palace. In close cooperation with the Dutch executive architect of the Peace Palace, J.A.G. van de Steur, Herman Rosse invented merely the whole decoration scheme of the building. Rosse adorned almost all the ceilings, vaults and windows of the important rooms of the building with wonderful decorations, geometrical shapes and symbols of peace and justice.

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  • 60th Anniversary of the UNESCO 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in the Event of an Armed Conflict

    May 7, 2014

    The 1954 Convention is the basic international treaty formulating rules to protect cultural heritage during armed conflicts. It regulates the conduct of nations during war and military occupation in order to assure the protection of cultural sites, monuments and repositories, including museums, libraries and archives. A Round table meeting in the Peace Palace is organized on Monday, 12 May 2014.

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