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A Peek Inside The Hague's UN Detention Unit

The United Nations Detention Unit in the leafy suburb of Scheveningen outside The Hague is no ordinary prison. Since 1995, this place has housed 141 individuals accused of war crimes during the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. It was here that former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic passed away, and it is from its cells that other key figures from the wars such as Bosnian Serb suspects Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic are preparing their defenses in front of the tribunal. These photographs offer a glimpse of what daily life looks like for the unit's current 26 detainees.

Cells are equipped with televisions but inmates do not have Internet access.
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Cells are equipped with televisions but inmates do not have Internet access.

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Inmates have the opportunity to cook for themselves, and have access to a supplier who can provide Balkan specialties, as well as fresh meat and fish.
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Inmates have the opportunity to cook for themselves, and have access to a supplier who can provide Balkan specialties, as well as fresh meat and fish.

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Inmates can socialize during the day in various recreation rooms and facilities.
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Inmates can socialize during the day in various recreation rooms and facilities.

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Inmates can use desktop computers to aid in their defenses, but Internet access is not included.
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Inmates can use desktop computers to aid in their defenses, but Internet access is not included.

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An examination room caters to the inmates' medical needs.
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An examination room caters to the inmates' medical needs.

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Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic appears in the courtroom for his appeals judgment at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague on July 11.
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Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic appears in the courtroom for his appeals judgment at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague on July 11.

Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic in The Hague in 2011
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Former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic in The Hague in 2011

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