The Hague Peace Projects was founded in 2014 by four human rights professionals who were equally worried by a quick succession of new conflicts emerging globally: Syria, Yemen, Central African Republic, Ukraine, Lybia, etc. At the same time so many unsolved conflicts continued day by day to take lives of so many innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Congo, and many many other places.
Having worked intensively with refugees and human rights defenders who had come to the Netherlands from conflict areas, they recognized in them a powerful catalyst of social change. However, there was no infrastructure for those activists who had become victims of conflict and oppression to continue their work for peace and justice. Rarely did they get involved in the established human rights and development organizations. Considering this a waste of and enormous source of wisdom and experience, they decided that a new organization needed to be created in order to give them a space and an opportunity to continue their work from the diaspora.
Ever since the organization has been growing and flourishing, attracting hundreds of activists and volunteers to spend their energy on resolving conflict worldwide. We have established seven working groups with diaspora experts from seven different regions of conflict: The Great Lakes Region in Africa (Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRCongo), Syria, Bangladesh, Somalia, Sudan, Morocco and the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. All these groups have established their own permanent monthly dialogue meetings and developed, unique peace projects relevant for their own contexts.