HWPL, Distinctive Features of DPCW
Purpose of Peace Law
Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
In March 2016, HWPL aimed at taking a great leap forward for peace by publicly presenting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War at the HWPL’s Proclamation Ceremony which was attended by Government representatives of legal affairs, HWPL International Law Peace Committee, HWPL Advisory Council Members & Publicity Ambassadors, and IPYG & IWPG members. The proclamation ceremony served as a platform to not only proclaim the Declaration to the public for the first time but also initiate the development process of the Declaration into an enforceable International Law, thus reaffirming our solidarity in bringing forth a world without wars.
Distinctive Features of DPCW, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
- Discouraging War Potential
This is a more fundamental, developed approach from how to resolve conflict and reduce ensuing damage to how to achieve peace before the conflict leads to war. The most practical mechanism of peace and prevention of war potential is an agreement and respect on cessation of war in the international society as a whole.
- Alternative, Practical Approach to Disarmament
Refraining from the use of force should not mean elimination of all the human or material resources. Rather, constructive form of disarmament should be based on transformation of the resources to benefit the community.
- Culture of Peace
The means to prevent war is not exceptional military power to suppress conflict by force, but exceptional spirit of peace with surveillance by citizens and sovereign power of people – democracy. This “culture of peace”, through the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, seeks both quantitative and qualitative enhancement in peace education at a local level.
- Freedom of Religion
The ground of religious teaching based on scriptures, which has played a leading role in such spiritual value of humanity as harmony, reconciliation, and love, can put an end to the sources conflict leading to war. Religious freedom with the discouragement of religious conflict and the guarantee of communication and cooperation among religions will contribute to mutual development of human culture.
- Conflict Resolution
Military measure or international compromise are temporary means, not fundamental ones for conflict resolution. International standard (law and agreements) as efforts of peace should be established and states’ role and responsibility to respect ruling from international law shall be highlighted.
- Participation of Citizens
To assist the current actions and continue to develop the efforts for peace, the participation of women and youth as the center of peace movement should be attained at am international level. This will facilitate cohesion of efforts of peace and collective power of people to support both the communities and international society.