Jamal Chahdi

President of Center for Human Rights, Morocco
Feature27.06.2018
Jamal Chahdi

It is your human right to live without abuse. Ever since I was a victim of my father's violence during my childhood, of students in school as a young boy, of police officers as an activist in the “Years of Lead”, I have wholeheartedly been a driven advocate for non-violence. This value is deeply rooted in me. Thus I began to work with well-known associations, before initiating the Center for Human Rights Morocco. The idea for its establishment was to inspire new foundations and work in new ways and new places, including prisons, since currently all associations work on major themes and prisons remain a neglected environment. Today, they defend the rights of prisoners without interacting with them. Meanwhile, the CDG since its inception has established a partnership with prison administrations, to encourage a change from within, by training prisoners on the values of tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution, based on fundamental rights. Our 19 years partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Morocco, is a witness to our commitment aligning with a vision, stressing the importance of civic education on rights and values in the penitentiary and school environment in particular.