United Nations Detention Unit
Part of Scheveningen Prison
Part of the Scheveningen Prison is managed by the United Nations. Since 1995, this place has housed over 140 individuals accused of war crimes during the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia. It was here that former President Slobodan Milosevic passed away, and it is from its cells that other key figures from the war such as Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic are preparing their defences in front of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. It also houses the African detainees facing trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Detqainees have access to computers, but no internet. They are allowed visitors for seven consecutive days each month, and half of that time can be used for 'íntimate visits' with a partner.
The wars in the former Yugoslavia may have waged on religious, ethnic and nationalistic grounds, but the detainees have never been separated along those lines, unless the court has ordered it. They cook together using provisions purchased from the prison shop, play sports and celebrate special occasions together.
It has often been said the United Nations Detention Unit is the only place where the peace accords that ended the Bosnian war actually work.