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Posts Tagged ‘Netherlands’

Nuclear Weapons and International Law: ICRC Comes Out Against Nukes, Dutch PM Wants International Tribunal for Illegal Nuclear Suppliers and Nuclear Treaty Violators

Posted by K.E. White on April 24, 2010

The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) considers nuclear weapons a violation of humanitarian law.  Watch ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger’s streaming video statement here.

And Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende proposes an international tribunal specifically to investigate cases of nuclear treaty violations.  But University of Groningen Professor Marcel Brus calls this a “non-starter.”  And University of Amsterdam International Criminal Law Professor Göran Sluiter slams the proposal in this NRC Handelsblad editorial.

But Prime Minister Balkenende seems optimistic.  From DutchNews.nl:

Balkenende said Obama reacted positively to the idea. He also said he had been supported by Germany and France, both of which want international laws on nuclear security to be strengthened.

The Dutch forensic institute is a leading expert in tracking nuclear material and its origins and could also play a major role in the tribunal, he was quoted as saying in the Telegraaf.

Not surprisingly, the Netherlands Forensic Institute released this press release that emphasizes its nuclear forensics expertise.

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Afternoon Tea: Holbrooke Goes Big; Thank Bush for Obama! (?); Fight Over America’s Future; Pakistan’s Still A Mess; Don’t Do This On The Queen’s Lawn and Other Exciting News

Posted by K.E. White on April 30, 2009

Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke’s Fat and Free-Wheeling Flotilla At State

Thank you President Bush! Obama’s First 100 Days

Lind vs. Bacevich on ‘The American Century’: Hello again United States of Ponzi? Or Good-Bye and Good Riddance?

While the Pakistani counter-extremist military operations appear successful, will their restraint just set in motion future déjà vu? The Economist probes Pakistani motivations, warning American officials not to harbor false hopes of a paradigm shift in Pakistan’s security outlook. (And yes, Obama meant it when he pledged assistance last night)

And in other news…

China and Japan wrap up their two-day meeting; China signals long road ahead on North Korea. And get to know the Chinese power couple ready to take the dollar down.

‘Ice, Ice Baby’: Russia puts talks of militarizing Antarctica on ice. But gets tough on pork and pirates!

US Attorney General Holder asks for European help to shut down Gitmo in Berlin.

The Dutch get tough on teens.

And what not to do on the Queen’s lawn.

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