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In: Helsinki Monitor
In: Helsinki Monitor
Ali Alatas, Christiane Amanpour, Aung San Suu Kyi, Tony Blair, Jimmy Carter, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Waris Dirie, Mikhail Gorbachev, Václav Havel, Seamus Heaney, Rigoberta Manchü Tum, Joni Mitchell, Mary Robinson, Helmut Schmidt, Wisława Szymborska, Lech Wałęsa, and others - these unique and powerful voices have come together to make Reflections on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Fiftieth Anniversary Anthology a work of lasting, unparalleled significance.
Launched on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this unmatched anthology includes inspirational essays by 50 prominent, varied members of the world community, moving poems reflecting a wide range of renowned voices, and full-colour illustrations of each article of the Universal Declaration. Reflections on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights also includes a foreword by the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The importance and variety of the voices united in this work, the monumental occasion it marks, and the beauty and quality showcased on its pages make it an essential addition to the personal and professional libraries of anyone interested in human rights.
Reflections on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the kind of work whose lasting resonance makes it worthy of being handed down from generation to generation.
All royalties from Reflections on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are being donated to the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, and the UNFPA Trust Fund for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation.


On 31 December 2018, the Kingdom of the Netherlands — the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and St Maarten — concluded its one-year membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), prompting many to reflect on its meaningful contribution to international peace and security during this time. The UNSC has exclusive and far-reaching powers with regard to maintaining international peace and security. For this reason, non-permanent seats on the UNSC are highly coveted. They confer prestige, influence and respectability on the seat-holders. Given the popularity of these seats, the Kingdom’s ability to influence decision-making within the UNSC became possible only after an intensive election campaign. In this practitioners’ perspective, we provide our insights and observations on the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ campaign strategy for the UNSC elections in 2016.

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
Essays on Humanitarian Assistance and International Humanitarian Law in Honour of HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands has made her mark in the annals of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
In this anthology prominent members of the world community and global experts and practitioners come together to pay tribute to Princess Margriet for her decades of dedicated service to the Movement and the Netherlands Red Cross Society. This tribute takes place on the occasion of the end of her eight-year tenure as Chair of the Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Under the Princess’s guidance, the Standing Commission has come to play a strong and unifying role in the Movement.
This unique collection of scholarly and inspirational essays offers a wealth of information on the constituent components and statutory bodies of the Movement and contemplates its mission to help victims and improve the lives of vulnerable people. It addresses the humanitarian concerns and challenges of our time. The anthology further provides a unique forum for the current debates on the application and development of international humanitarian law. It also discusses the Movement’s relations with governments and external partners and the contribution of volunteers. This is the first book to bring the relatively unknown Standing Commission of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and its work prominently to the fore. Making the Voice of Humanity Heard is essential and accessible reading for anyone interested in the daunting tasks and fundamental role of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement as well as the contemporary threats and challenges to humanitarian assistance and international humanitarian law.
As the world enters the 21st Century, the challenges in implementing freedom of religion or belief grow more complex and more acute. How can the internationally recognized norms regarding freedom of religion or belief be meaningful for all – women and men, majorities and minorities, established religions and new religious movements, parents and children? How can tolerance, mutual respect and understanding be globally expanded? How does freedom of religion or belief relate to other human rights?
Launched by the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief, this deskbook anthology is designed as a single-volume resource for all who are concerned with facilitating improved global compliance with international standards in this vital area.
The varied and diverse topics addressed by over fifty global experts in the field provide a rich weave of many threads. The book addresses historical and philosophical background on religious human rights, applicable international norms and the international procedural mechanisms for safeguarding these norms. It surveys central areas of controversy, including registration of religious and belief organizations, emerging debates on religion and gender, parental and children’s rights, new religious movements, proselytism, and conscientious objection. Other chapters describe practical approaches to promoting tolerance and understanding through education, inter-religious dialogue, joint religious efforts addressing shared social problems, and conflict resolution initiatives. The volume also provides practical information regarding networking and other background issues that can help translate understanding of the applicable norms and procedures into action. Appendices provide texts of major international instruments on freedom of religion or belief.