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  • European Union in 2017

    January 5, 2017

    2016 has been a turbulent year for the European Union and its member states. Brexit, the armed conflict in Syria and Iraq, the refugee crisis, terrorism and the Italian referendum; all topics covered by the Peace Palace Library in several Library Specials and Library blogs.

    2017 promises to be a defining moment for the continuation of the ever closing Union. This blog touches upon a couple of developments which can lead to discussion within the European Union and its members.

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  • Investigating Foreign Political Links in Timber-Producing Countries

    March 24, 2016

    At the time of writing, it is the International Day of Forests. It is on this day, 21st March 2016, that Project LEAF (Law Enforcement Assistance for Forests) of INTERPOL spoke out (again) about the link between corruption and the global trade in timber. An estimated $30 billion of government revenue is lost every year as a result of corruption in timber trade. This article will shed light on the indiscriminate destruction of our forests, under the guise of economic development for the financial benefit of elites at the highest level of the political system and how international, regional and national laws on anti-­corruption are implicated.

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  • Xenophobia in South Africa: The Asylum Seeker ‘Hotspot’ of the Global South

    May 15, 2015

    For as long as humans have existed they have migrated, spreading goods, cultures and ideas across the globe. But it has become clear today that this human movement also has negative consequences for migrants en route (such as the boat people at the Mediterranean Sea) and in their destination countries. In this blog I will only talk about violence against foreign nationals (regardless of their status) in destination countries with a special focus on South Africa.

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  • Hanneke Eggels

    The Power of Poetry

    October 15, 2012

    On September 28, the world celebrated the United Nations Day of Peace with all sorts of festivities, including music, dance and poetry. In our series of interviews for our Newsletter we met with Hanneke Eggels, who expresses her concern for peace through another artistic manner, poetry.

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  • “People must be able to look one another in the eye”. Plans of the Dutch Government to ban face-covering clothing.

    February 7, 2012

    The Dutch Government chose to ignore the advice of the Council of State concerning the ban on face-covering clothing. The Council of State, the advisory organ of the Government, heavily criticised the legislative proposal. First, the Council of State does not consider the complete ban as necessary and useful. Second, the Council of State is of the opinion that a ban on face covering clothing is an infringement of the freedom of religion.

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