March 20, 2011 |
Amid the national politics and global courts of the Hague, there's also a vibrant arts scene. You may know that Vermeer's classic painting "Girl With a Pearl Earring" hangs in the tiny Mauritshuis museum, but this picturesque Dutch city with a smalltown vibe is also home to the esteemed, forward-looking Nederlands Dans Theater. Always composed of solid performers since its 1959 founding, the troupe vaulted to prominence under Ji?í Kylián, who led for years, beginning in 1978, with his emotional and kinetic choreography.
September 2, 2010 |
British Prime Minister David Cameron gave his full backing Thursday to a top Cabinet minister who has denied rumors that he is gay and that he carried on a relationship with a young aide. Cameron said that Foreign Secretary William Hague enjoyed his "100% support" in spite of what some pundits are calling "the Hague affair" — and what Hague himself vigorously insists was a nonaffair. Hague, who is married, said in an unusually personal statement this week that any allegation of an "improper relationship" between him and Christopher Myers was "utterly false.
August 5, 2010 |
Today, The Hague will occupy a spotlight usually reserved for Paris, Milan and New York. Supermodel Naomi Campbell is scheduled to testify at the trial of Charles Taylor, the notorious former Liberian president who is charged with crimes against humanity — including murder, sexual slavery and violence, and enslavement — as well as acts of terrorism and torture. How does a supermodel become a witness at an international tribunal? In 1997, Taylor allegedly gave Campbell the gift of a blood diamond — stones used to fund civil wars and other conflicts.
December 4, 2009 |
Lee Kyung-hee took a deep breath Thursday, and then she recounted the nightmare when her newborn was killed before her eyes in a North Korean prison. In 2005, Lee, eight months pregnant, escaped to China. She was caught by authorities and returned to North Korea. Weeks later, a soldier stood beside her prison bed and, moments after she gave birth, suffocated her tiny boy. "If he had lived, he would be 4 years old today," she said. Lee spoke at a news conference held by a coalition of North Korean human rights activists that is urging that an international tribunal put North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on trial on charges of human rights abuses.
October 2, 2009
When Chevron was in a New York courtroom battling a lawsuit by thousands of indigenous Ecuadoreans, it argued that the case rightly belonged in their country. But now that the company is poised to lose in the Andean nation and could be assessed as much as $27 billion in damages, it says Ecuador isn't the right place either. Last week, the oil giant shopped the case to yet another court, filing a claim at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Chevron has long maintained that it would appeal an adverse decision, which is entirely understandable.
March 31, 2009 |
On the eve of a possible groundbreaking meeting between the United States and Iran, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton predicted Monday that Tehran would be propelled by self-interest to work with other world powers on stabilizing Afghanistan. Clinton, leading a U.S.
January 27, 2009 |
Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese militia leader facing charges of recruiting child soldiers to rape and kill, on Monday became the first defendant to go on trial at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. The court is the world's first permanent venue to prosecute war crimes, genocide and other major crimes against humanity. Cases such as these have mostly been tried at temporary courts, from Nuremberg, Germany, to more recent U.N.
August 1, 2008 |
Thirteen years after he was indicted on charges of waging a campaign of ethnic genocide, Radovan Karadzic made his first appearance Thursday before the war crimes tribunal at The Hague, complaining that he had been "kidnapped" and vowing to serve as his own attorney. The former Bosnian Serb leader quickly signaled the tactics he could use in court by attempting to shift the discourse from his own alleged crimes to what he claimed were assassination plots and other dark conspiracies.
July 30, 2008 |
Radovan Karadzic, a onetime psychiatrist who led his Bosnian Serb people through a brutal ethnic war, was extradited early today to the international tribunal in The Hague, where he will stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. A fugitive for more than a decade, Karadzic has been in a Serbian jail since his arrest, which was announced July 21.
July 11, 2008 |
The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor will ask judges to issue an arrest warrant for the president of Sudan next week on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, diplomats and an official close to the case said Thursday. The prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, issued a statement Thursday announcing that he would submit evidence of crimes committed against civilians in Sudan's western region of Darfur over the last five years, though he will wait until Monday at the pretrial chamber to name names.