About Us

About the founder:

A Young Moroccan journalist, Peace and human rights activist. Born in Morocco, Zakaria El Hamel comes from a family of human rights activists. Zakaria joined scouting when he was 7 years old, he had always That idea to make the world a better place, then he was introduced to equality and religious diversity at a very early age by his  father who was a human rights activist. He studied law in university, and in 2005 he founded ‘‘Youth for Peace and Dialogue Between Cultures’’ in Oujda, where he lives now. his goal is to foster understanding and respect among the population by bringing young people from different religions and backgrounds together to serve their communities. He is a believer in the universality of human rights and faith in making the world a better place. Zakaria is a Multi Awards Winner, Member of Anna Lindh Foundation & The Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

As a President of Youth for Peace and Dialogue between Cultures  in Morocco, Zakaria El hamel made the choice, at a very young age, to dedicate his life to a more peaceful and tolerant world.

ZAKARIA EL HAMEL IS ENCOURAGING A NEW GENERATION TO STAND UP FOR PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN TURBULENT ARABIC WORLD

LOCATED IN THE NORTHWESTREN corner of Africa, just 10 miles from the shores of Spain, the Kingdom of Morocco is one of the most diverse and beautiful landspaces in Africa. From the snowcapped peaks of the Atlas Mountains to the sweeping dunes of the Sahara, Morocco has it all-including more than a thousand miles of Mediterranean and Atlantic coastline. It is a country with European and Arab influences, a powerful and popular monarch, and a strong Islamic base.

In stark contrast to neighboring nations of Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, Morocco has remaind relatively terror-free ; it’s  the last safe haven in North Africa. This fact can be attributed to it being one of the most tolerant Muslim nations and to its increased security efforts with Spain, France and the United States to fight global terrorism

Yet the threat of extremism is ever-present, as evidenceed by the more than 2,000 Moroccans that Interpol claims have been recruited by the Islamic State group (IS) to-fight in Iraq and Syria and the hundreds more that have joined IS in Libya.

And this is exactly why 36-years old Zakaria el Hamel is so important for Morocco.For almost two decades, Zakaria has dedicated himself to creating a culture of tolerence and understanding by instilling an awareness and appreciation of humman rights. Mr Zakaria El hamel  still struggling  against the suppression of moroccan youth  and young people and for the right to know thier rights by making human rights a reality in Morocco

Born in the city of Berkane in northwestren Morocco, Zakaria was introduced to equality and religious diversity at a very early age by his father who was a human rights activist. He studied law in university, and in 2005 he founded ‘‘Youth for Peace and Dialogue Between Cultures’’ in Oujda, where he now lives. His goal is to foster understanding and respect among the population by bringing young people from different religions and backgrounds toghether to serve their communities.

While the country had many virtues,he knews it also had its share of problems. ‘‘it is true that we live in a land of peace and harmony,‘‘But  there are many human rights abuses. We have many cases  of discrimination in Morocco. As many of them  are not equal in front of the law also there is a lack of  Freedom of expression in most of Arabic countries .Freedom of expression is at the center of all freedoms, it’s a multiplier of other rights.

 

Zakaria El hamel is a Multi Award Winner in the field of Peace and Human rights,Zakaria is particularly interested in starting an interfaith dialogue that can increase understanding and peace between people of different religions.

 

 

-Where did this spirit of activism for peace come from?

Zakaria  joined Scouting when He was 7 years old in a small farming city called BERKANE, His  years in Scouting have been a life changing experience leading to both personal and professional development he  had always That idea to make the world a better place, then he  was introduced to equality and religious diversity at a very early age by his  father who was a human rights activist.He studied law in university, and in 2005 he founded ‘‘Youth for Peace and Dialogue Between Cultures’’ in Oujda, where he  lives now . his goal is to foster understanding and respect among the population by bringing young people from different religions and backgrounds toghether to serve their communities.he is a believer in the universality of human rights and faith in making the world a better place

 

While the country had many virtues,he knews it also had its share of problems. ‘‘it is true that we live in a land of peace and harmony,‘‘But  there are many human rights abuses. We have many cases  of discrimination in Morocco. As many of them  are not equal in front of the law also there is a lack of  Freedom of expression in most of Arabic countries .Freedom of expression is at the center of all freedoms, it’s a multiplier of other rights.

He  works for World peace because sometimes we win and sometimes we lose but have a responsibility to try and try as much as we can and we never give up  and because trying is far more enjoyable and fulfilling than anything else.

 

 

mutual understanding and dialogue between religions are  the most important components for a good culture of peace

The sole purpose of religion is to bring happiness to people .Religion is frequently considered as a factor in international conflicts . Many scholars have argued that most conflicts are driven from frictions of cultural identity, largely based on religion.

coexistence as a path to happiness by respecting seven principles proposed by the Qur’an: freedom of belief, recognition of one another, communication, mutual harmony, honor of mankind, justice, and sharing the common values of mankind. religious violence and radicalism is not a problem as a source of religion, but rather an issue derived from forgetting the inherent unity of human compassion.

‘’One of the most important and difficult challenges facing the world today in the field of human rights is closely related to religion and belief. The lack of respect and failure to protect the freedom of conscience, the problem of religious intolerance, inciting religious hatred, as well as the widespread of misunderstandings on the nature of the relationship between religion and global freedoms all play a part in hindering the progress towards making the culture of human rights a reality in our societies’’

Each year since 2011 his association orgnized its annual World Interfaith Harmony week in Morocco, It seeks to spread the message of harmony and tolerance among the followers of the three monotheistic faiths and all the world’s religions. It also seeks to promote the common basis of “Love of God and Love of the Neighbour, or Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbour” among religions to safeguard world peace. Its message invites everyone, excludes no one, and is purely voluntary.

About Us

Zakaria El Hamel

As a President of Youth for Peace and Dialogue between Cultures in Morocco, Zakaria El hamel made the choice, at a very young age, to dedicate his life to a more peaceful and tolerant world...