King Willem-Alexander Attends Events at International Courts in The Hague

  April 20, 2016 at 9:50 am by

Today King Willem-Alexander, along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, were present at the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations established in 1945 by the UN Charter. The Court’s role is to settle disputes submitted by States and it’s composed by 15 judges.

Yesterday, Tuesday April 19, the King officially opened the new complex of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

At the ceremony were presents among others the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accompanied by his wife, Madam Yoo Soon-taek, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders, the ICC President, Judge Silvia Fernández and the Mayor of The Hague Jozias van Aartsen.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an independent, permanent court that prosecute persons accused of the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. It started its functions on July 1st 2002 when became effective the Rome Statute, a multilateral treaty that founded the ICC.

During his visit in the Netherlands, Secretary-General Ki-moon received the high Dutch royal honor of the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Dutch Lion in a ceremony at the presence of Minister Koenders.

In the evening King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima hosted a dinner for Secretary-General Ki-moon and his wife at Noordeinde Palace, attended by several government ministers.

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