Peace Initiative: Law for Peace
Peace Project: Legislate Peace Campaign
Ever since its launch, the Legislate Peace Campaign has called on global leaders and citizens to voice their positive demand for the implementation of a law based upon the principles of the DPCW. As the campaign to receive the signatures of support through advocacy meetings continues to positively influence and empower the younger generations, we are getting one step closer to developing the DPCW into a legally binding document with peace as the core principle of international relations.
RUSSIA – Krasnoyarsk State Medical University students gathered to support the Legislate Peace Campaign.
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA – “We stand for peace” A festival for establishing a culture of peace in De Waal Park, Cape Town was joined by amazing peace lovers.
PALESTINE – A discussion on the activity plan of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee was held in Palestine.
GEORGIA – In Georgia, peace pieces drawn by students are being displayed in classrooms and hallways, showing their wishes for peace.
PHILIPPINES – Art contest in Museo Dabawenyo; Peace Conference supporting DPCW in Maluso, Basilan; HWPL International law seminar and “Color your dream of peace” in Bethel Knox School; Conference for spreading a culture of peace in Mindanao.
Let’s make our children growing up in world of peace. If people who dream about peace show a bit of interests, world peace can be fulfilled.
HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee, the Only One Gate of Peace Completion!!
Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, the One and Only Gate To Peace in the World!!!
Man Hee Lee of HWPL is the only Way and Gate to enter into World of Peace~!!!
On March 14, 2016, Man Hee Lee Chairman of HWPL proclaimed legislated ‘Declaration of Peace and Cessation of war(DPCW)’ in the world.
DPCW, the declaration includes the spirit of heaven wanting peace.
DPCW has 10 articles and 38 clauses. Main contents include reinforcement of existing international law to prevent war. The differences between existing international law and new, revised law are the clauses which include solution of religious conflicts.
HWPL will deliver these sign-ups which is people’s wishes all around the world and urge UN to legislate DPCW as a bill of binding authority.
Please, participate in the work of peace.
“4th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace”
Sensational peace festival will be held~♥
Peace Walk 2017,
Are you ready for peace?
Now is the moment.
We’ve been waiting for today vibrant talk & walk movement
With other peace messengers
Youth & Women
Leaders & Citizens
All around the world walk forward to a bright future from anywhere in the world.
You can talk & walk to spread a culture of Peace.
Are you ready for spreading a culture of world peace?
The people on the globe should be the messenger of world peace and work for cessation of war, world peace with the same mind and the same will enthusiastically.
To cease war in the world, to make world peace and to hand down peace to our posterity will be the principle to love peace, people and country.
HWPL is acting out for cessation of war and world peace around the globe.
Among peace activity of HWPL, it includes reunification in the Korean Peninsula.
By the virtue of peace activity of HWPL, the Republic of Korea is known as peace country around the world which is working for peace.
The Cause of conflict is religion.
In alliance of religions’ peace office, religious leaders from each country is gathering to compare their own scriptures to unify religion in one.
Declaration of world peace, restoration of light which is written by chairman, ManHee Lee, was proclaimed on May 25, 2013 in front of 30 thousand youth from 130 countries.
Declaration of world peace, restoration of light became foundation on achieving peace activity of HWPL.
Do we need to go through the war again?
Or do we need to reunify peacefully?
Between war and peace, which side would you like to take?
HWPL is proceeding ‘Legislate 525Peacewalk Campaign’ urging DPCW legislated as international law. Let’s join us~!!!
In order to hand down peaceful future, we need to achieve legislation of international law and world alliance of religions~!!!
Let’s make world peace by putting our mind and the will together beyond nation, race and religion.
The republic of Korea got split in two when Korean war is occurred.
And it killed more than 4 million people.
‘Let us make a world of peace for our future generations’
Participants at the yearly Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) held in Seoul on March, 14.
The first yearly Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) held on March, 14, when 1800 participants gathered in Seoul for Advocacy of International Law for Peace. Faced with the reality of uncertainty in global cooperation, triggered by a chain of political upheavals from the Brexit to elections in the United States and European states, a new approach to pursue an international peaceful order was discussed.
In commemoration of the DPCW proclaimed on the same date in 2016, the forum reaffirmed the importance of global peace movement currently on progress under the Legislate Peace Campaign to establish the principle of international law for peace through the introduction of a UN resolution based on the DPCW.
Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL emphasized that peace building “is not an individual task,” but “is relevant to everyone” as a common purpose of the global community. He offered the role of religion as a bridge builder of peace, rather than the core of conflict and violence by adding “our orientations must be one for peace. Whether religious, secular world, there is no exception.”
In the progress report, Dong Min Im, the secretary general of HWPL, explained the significance of peace projects in HWPL by saying, “The work is to put an end to war in our globe and make a foundation of a world of everlasting peace, which is unprecedented in history.” He continued, “The solution to peace is all of us becoming messengers of peace.”
Bup Hye Kim, chairman of Buddhist Central Council for National Unification, offered a picture of concrete action plans of HWPL in achieving peace. “Youth and women are the main scapegoats in war, but even in this reality we must face the fact that youth and women are voluntarily standing at the forefront to build the foundation of peace with HWPL,” he said.
Campaign We Can Do to Cease the Agony of War ☞ ‘Legislate Peace Campaign’
Present the Republic of South Sudan which has hurting hearts and scathing tears of blood.
Black sky, black smoke, fire and the sound of gunfire which are burst through black smoke,
The Republic of South Sudan became independent from Sudan on year of 2011. At the end of 2013, followers of current president, “Salva Kiir” and former president “Riek Machar” had conflicts and became a civil war followed by thousands of casualties and 2,200,000 of refugees at least.
And, on July 2016, 2nd civil war have been provoked at Juba which is the capital of South Sudan starting with sanguinary collision.
Especially, in the area of Equatoria, southern South Sudan, while pillage, rape, murder and demolition have been performed by government forces, more than 100,000 refugees were claimed within a month. Among those people, 75,000 refugees have moved to Uganda Adjumani refugee camp.
The entire village which was peaceful were becoming chaos after gun firing
Children’s crying out loud and families being covered with blood, they were holding each other and wailing!
It was literally Pandemonium and people were screaming for it.
The beautiful sunset and green field with peanuts and corns ripening looked like a masterpiece. However, it became bothering landscape when people are under urgent situation not knowing when and how to confront the death. When evacuation order was issued, there were a line of refugees and villagers became refugees all of sudden.
Refugees camp are under situation which are tremendously lacking of medicine and food by geometrically increased refugees. Lots of refugees are being suffered from hunger, cold weather, and disease.
When a large number of villagers escaping, cultivated crops has left behind. In the result of abandoning, the Republic of South Sudan is facing multiplied difficulties which is hopeless severe famine added up.
When the truck supplying water and porridge arrived, people are in line to draw their rations. However, the supply which is not enough is running out quick.
The people of the Republic of South Sudan who are worrying about daily food to survive and hoping the cessation of war…
Until the day comes which anxiety, despair, hunger and gunfire end…
Please, join us to change the world.
HWPL declared ‘Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War(DPCW)’ which contents 10 articles and 38 clauses on Mar. 14, 2016. HWPL is outstanding peace organization founded by Lee Man Hee who was a crucial middleman to end 40 years of civil war in Philippine, Mindanao which was the most conflicted area in Asia
Furthermore, HWPL is urging people to sign up in order to legislate DPCW to UN.
‘Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War’ declared by HWPL is the only way to protect human rights, to cease the war and to accomplish peace being estimated to be effective, practical and valuable.
HWPL will urge UN to legislate ‘DPCW’ as international law by delivering sign-up sheets to UN which contains people’s hearts from all over the world.
To end agony of the war, to hand down peaceful world to our descendant, Please, join in our sign-ups.
Click the link below and fill out the form in your language.
Peace cannot come by the toil of one person but by the understanding and responsibility of all
Yes, I agree on this idea of peace. Peace can’t come by the toil of one person. The people on the globe should be the messenger of world peace and work for cessation of war, world peace with the same mind and the same will enthusiastically.
After receiving inspiration from the WARP Summit 2016, the summit participants began to organize advocacy forums and signing campaigns in their respective countries to spread peace messages and to gather more peace supporters.
The advocacy forum held in Elite Plaza in Yerevan, Armenia on November 17th brought together a total of 62 figures including 6 political parties, social representatives, leaders of religion, women, and youth organizations to develop the environments for peace in the country as well as around the globe. To accomplish this, they focused on the question of why Armenia should support the DPCW.
Participants first shared about Armenian history, which left the people with a lingering sense of anxiety caused by the political and diplomatic instabilities starting from 900 BC. Reflecting upon the necessity of the implementation of an instrument that encompasses all nations, they then shared the principles of the DPCW which addresses the issue of conflict resolution based on preventing war-related behaviors, safeguarding religious and ethnic identities, and encouraging a culture of peace through international cooperation.
Rt. Hon. Hrant Bagratyan, the former Prime Minister of Armenia and an HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee member said, “The forum and discussion sessions went very well. It helped people’s understanding about the Declaration,’ and “the document fully corresponds to the wishes of Armenians.”
At the WARP Summit, he had said, “The DPCW will be a good instrument against extremism, terrorism, war, and associations that will be a good base for the sustainability of peace. And together we should create a pressure on that to have this declaration law adopted by the UN.”
15 international press agencies have covered and broadcasted the Armenian advocacy forums through 17 different reports. One of the news companies also wrote that “The successive forum is already being organized which may open in mid-December with the follow-up measures of participants. HWPL expects more of this kind of forums in many nations, the organized movement by the figures who promised to take action when they go back to their own homeland.”
¶ Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, Stepping Forward to a Law for Humanity
HWPL initiated an International Law for Peace and Cessation of War as a solution to bring about peace to humanity and an instrument to dispose of all means that initiate war and armed conflicts. Representing the collective wish of people from all walks of life – HWPL’s initiative to international law for peace is a powerful and ground-breaking tool which will enable worldwide enjoyment of peace. Gaining global support, united in one voice, women and youth are at the forefront of urging for the presentation and implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War through the Advocacy Committee.
Legislate Peace Campaign & the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)
The Legislate Peace Campaign is a global peace advocacy movement which aims to bring all wars to an end and spread a culture of peace by establishing an enforceable law compatible with the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). The strength of the DPCW lies in its representation of the voice of all those yearning for peace and calls on States to protect their rights to enjoy peaceful lives.
Thus, we call on global citizens to unite as one to voice the positive demand for peace by adding their signatures to the Legislate Peace Campaign. We appeal to citizens to encourage their local governments, including city mayors, state governors, as well as heads of state to write letters of support for the DPCW with a spirit of a deep-seated love for the people of their country. Finally, we call on world leaders and governments to develop and enforce a law based on the principles of the DPCW. When such a law is truly followed by all countries and peoples, our world will soon have peace and the cessation of war. Let us Legislate Peace. Sign Your Support.
The full text of the Declaration, its explanation booklet,
and real-time photos of Legislate Peace Campaign activities are available at peacelaw.org
Support Letter for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)
“I congratulate the establishment of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee and proclamation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War to bring about world peace and thereby save innocent lives being lost by the tragedy of war. I shall continue to work for peace and pass on a culture of peace onto successive generations, an invaluable inheritance of a world free of wars.”
Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Former President of India
“I recognize the value and vision stated in the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War within my purview as a Legal Advisor to President of Sri Lanka. I express the hope that fellow friends of the community would support this peace movement by advocating the Declaration to be incorporated into national laws of all countries.”
M. R. G Ranatunga, Attorney – at – Law Notary Public of Sri Lanka
“I would like to encourage others to sign their support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. If the citizens of the world follow and implement these articles, then we can prevent war and achieve peace. Let’s strive to make this world more beautiful by abandoning the concept of war and by embracing peace.”
Nachiket Anil Dave, Lawyer of the Supreme Court of India
“Peace is the vital ingredient for the survival of civilizations on earth. I fully support HWPL and its advocacy movement for the implementation of a legally binding document on the cessation of war and world peace.”
Mr. Cyprien Katsaris, French-Cypriot Pianist & Teacher and Composer & UNESCO’s Artist for Peace
“I’m really happy that I am a member of HWPL and support the declaration and they exactly do same thing what my country was doing for 3,500 years, strengthening peace all over the world. What could be better than people living without violence have friendly relationships with each other? I am pleased to sign my support for the declaration which is aiming to achieve world peace.”
Mr. Teimuraz Chkuaseli , Singer & Journalist & Writer & Present Member of Parliament of Georgia
“The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War covers all angles of how peace can be achieved. For instance: (it covers) the promotion of peaceful coexistence between different religious and ethnic groups. The momentum will not stop there. Come join me to support this Declaration. The urgency of time is now, and it means that we have to act fast.”
Chairman Man Hee Lee “Peace, Protect the Legacy for future generations”
[2nd WARP Summit] “The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War to the UN”
▲ Peace Advocate, Mr. Man Hee Lee Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) – delivers a keynote speech on subject of ‘Peace’ at a ‘Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War’ held on the September 19th at Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas Hotel.
International Law Conference
Chairman Man Hee Lee
“Peace, Protect the Legacy for future generations”
Each nations announce to urge for bring in a Bill to the UN
Participants also urge for ‘Enactment of DPCW’
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a non-profit NGO which initiates world peace activities worldwide today, has urged on the September 19th for the ‘Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)’ to be brought up to the United Nations.
The DPCW has been stipulated, and thus proclaims for ‘global legislation of peace and cessation of war’ such as the prohibition of acts of aggression and weapons in order to bring world peace and protect the legacy for future generations.
During his keynote speech at a ‘Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War’ where a thousand participants including head of states, chief justices, religious leaders, IGOs and NGOs attended from around the world, Chairman Man-Hee Lee has presented that “DPCW has laid out a foundation for world peace without war” and further urged “The head of states, ministers and legislative bodies should all closely discuss on the matters of DPCW, and should they all agree that this bill does significantly help the lives of humanity, it is imperative for all to endorse the legislation of peace to the United Nations.”
DPCW, which was proclaimed on 14th of March by HWPL, is consisted of 10 Articles and 38 Clauses based on the Charter of the United Nations.
The main point of the DPCW is to further strengthen the existing international law that intends to prevent war. Much detail is included such as prohibiting the use of force, threat and weapons as well as reducing war potentials as a few examples.
The unique differentiation of the DPCW is the articles on promoting peaceful coexistence amongst religions and spreading a culture of peace.
The Conference, which was on the third day of ‘The 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit’, was hosted with an objective to discuss the detailed plan of actions to endorse the legislation of DPCW to the United Nations for practical use as an international law.
Chairman Man Hee Lee encouraged the participants “Should we only watch the world collapse from distance apart without any effort of help? Shouldn’t we pass on to successive generations an invaluable inheritance of a world free of wars which both the heaven and earth want?”. He added “Many participants have attended here, let us join together and make world a better place”.
Ms. Nam Hee Kim, Chairwoman of International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), has voiced “War has to be ceased in this generation once and for all. War takes away valuable lives of youth, and is the cause for suppression of human rights blind spot.”
She added the importance for the legislation of international law for cessation of war by stating “Support from worldwide has its own limitations, and there is no safety device to protect the lives of the youths who are the victims of war”. IWPG has been working closely with HWPL in the Legislate Peace Campaign, a global peace advocacy movement which aims to establish an enforcement law compatible with the DPCW.
Key personnel of this Conference all voiced with a consensus for the need of DPCW to be quickly legislated in practice.
▲ Approximately a thousand participants from around the world including head of states, chief justices, religious leaders, IGOs, NGOs attended the Conference on this day.
The former Vice President of Afghanistan, Hon. Karim Khalili, pitiful with the reality of war and violence at the native country, stated “Although achieving peace is not a simple and easy task to be done, DPCW proclaimed by HWPL would be an actual valid and valuable measure of plan to cease war and establish peace.”
Adly Hussein, the Vice Minister of Justice of Egypt spoke “DPCW is very important that it will protect the human rights and thus fulfill peace. It will help find solutions by figuring out the cause of conflict in a very progressive way” and further voiced that “the DPCW should be adopted into international law and be brought into the United Nations.Heads of state must agree to the DPCW to be brought in a bill. A nation could guarantee absolute peace to its people should that nation has its base upon international law founded on the fundamentals of peace.”
Carlos Villan Duran, President of the Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law (SSIHRL), emphasized the active participation of civil society together with each of the government bodies on the implementation process and progressive development of the DPCW, and further stated that “The DPCW provides positive elements to foster the dialogue and reconciliation among religions. International law and organizations settling international disputes through peaceful means are the most effective way”.
Paula Lol ena Rodriguez Lima, the Representative of Latin-America Alliance stated that “To fulfill world peace and cessation of war, it is also equally important to protect the human rights of women”, and further stated that “It will be essential to promote activities by the representatives of women for each countries by urging each of the governments to supportthe DPCW. With that, our rights will be guaranteed and our lives will be protected.”
The ‘2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit’ which was hosted by HWPL and superintended by IWPG and IPYG (International Peace Youth Group), proceeded from the September 17th to 19th for 3 days.
Former heads of state, ministers, UN officials, chief justices, NGOs, leaders from women·youth·religion and international press attended on the first day on the September 17th where they all represented each fields of expertise, and the event proceeded with heated debates as to how to develop the DPCW to be brought into the United Nations.
Approximately 100,000 crowd gathered at Jamsil Olympic Stadium for the ‘Peace Festival for the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit’ on the September 18th where 11,440 youths displayed magnificent and emotional card section on a theme ‘War and Peace’, particularly moving the audience.
WARP Summit 2016: Passing on to Successive Generations a Legacy of Peace
Essential to providing social cohesion at all levels through a comprehensive legal infrastructure, HWPL has played a leading role in drafting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) which aims for a cessation of all armed conflicts. By the means of prohibiting weapons and transforming them into daily tools, DPCW provides a revolutionary instrument of rules to reach sustainable peace.
Acknowledging and ensuring the core principle of the Declaration: to pass on to successive generations an invaluable inheritance of a world free of wars, nearly 1,000 figures are gathering for the upcoming 2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th WARP Summit to thoroughly discuss the detailed plan of actions on the endorsement of legislation of peace through advocating the document.
The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) urges the world to advocate making peace as a sustainable environment to protect the legacy for future generations by maintaining the state of non-violence through preventing and mediating factors that influence conflict and tension.
The declaration, in particular, transmits the core principles to maintain peace like restraint of armed force specified in the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights; further, it offers the practical approach to peace building targeted to overcoming conflicts occurring today by addressing the responsibility of the global community in cooperation for peace.
Article 1: Prohibit the threat or use of force
Article 1 addresses the prohibition of the use of (military) force between states, which is affirmed and further exemplified in the call to respect the territorial integrity of a state. According to Article 2 of the UN Charter, states refrain from the use of force that can degrade the purposes of the UN, maintaining peace and security in our globe.
Still, violence and conflicts for the last decades have raised questions about the applicability of this principle. To further develop and protect the international system of peace designated in the UN Charter, the DPCW reaffirms that aggression should be condemned as an international crime and demands that states are responsible for prohibition of violence promoted by any individuals or organizations.
Article 2: Reduce War Potential and Repurpose Weapons to Benefit Humanity
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.
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.
Article 3: Develop Friendly Relations and Prohibit Acts of Aggression
Article 3 deals with details on the role of states in enhancing friendly international relations and prohibiting acts of aggression. The legitimacy of states making efforts to promote better relations among states for peace is based on the recognition of mutual respect presented in the UN General Assembly Resolution 2625. Specifically, the article emphasizes that illegal occupation of territory with the use of force and oppression of people should be highly discouraged.
In history, waging wars can be determined by decision making process from a specific individual or group without agreement from people in the society. According to this article, not only international law but actors of society including states, citizens and organizations play a crucial role in regulating and monitoring acts of aggression, so that maintenance of peace through blocking the possibility of war and conflict can be constructed.
Article 4: Prohibit Coercion against Internationally Recognized State Boundaries
Article 4 describes how states can contribute to deterrence of violent actions in the international society and the establishment of an environment of peacebuilding, especially stating possible acts of aggression in the multilateral scope. (“by a state, a group of states, an organization of states or an armed group or by any foreign or external entity”)
It should also be noted that the form of coercion includes not just the use of armed force but other sources of threat including economic and political means. Accordingly, with understanding today’s interdependent world as a global village resulting from diverse human interactions and material exchanges, the article provided a timely, accurate access to peacebuilding in terms of the fact that discreet approaches and decision making by states are required to restrict proliferation of conflicts and settle disputes in peaceful means.
Article 5: Ensure the Right to Self-Determination of Peoples or States
The right to self-determination is well-mentioned in the Charter of the United Nations and was also affirmed by the majority of states in the General Assembly (Resolution 2625 (XXV)). The essence of self-determination is fair and equal opportunity to make decisions of the destiny of a community. To achieve this, the will of the people should be reflected by the national system or governmental bodies and any form of political system that stands against the popular will or opinion should not be accepted internationally.
Also, self-determination necessitates global cooperation in order to protect the principle, since it determines the direction and future of community where sufficient discussion and communication in society are highly encouraged. The Korean Peninsula is a typical example of this. As the global community can support making a peaceful environment in the region through interactions and communication with the principle of self-determination, one of the most dangerous regions can be transformed into a reality of peace in this world.
Article 6: Settle International Disputes Through Peaceful Means
Article 6 offers provisions of peaceful settlement of international disputes in order to firmly establish cessation of war and peace in the global community.
According to the UN Charter and DPCW, the key factor of peaceful settlement of disputes is the universal application of rule of law – judgment and adjustment through international legal foundations and organizations. Principles of fair, just judgment based on international law should be established, and mutual trust and respect between states and international legal organizations are of tremendous importance.
Article 7: Acknowledge the Right of Self-defense
When armed attack against a state occurs, the right of self-defense (légitime défense in French and legítima defensa in Spanish) can be applied and the Security Council of the United Nations takes measures to maintain international peace and security.
Self-defense as an appropriate response to illegal acts of violence against a state can be taken collectively, meaning that states can cooperate with each other to prevent illegal acts of violence and protect international security.
Measures taken for self-defense should be reported to the Security Council to effectively cope with collective response to threats and support international peace.
Article 8: Foster Religious Freedom
Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the DPCW delineate the means to restore, cultivate, facilitate and enhance the spirit of peace in this globe. In article 8 “Freedom of Religion”, as freedoms are set forth without distinction of religion in the UN Charter, states are responsible for protecting the pursuit of faith, overcoming conflicts caused by misunderstanding and prejudice in religions through promoting interfaith communication, and supporting the active role of religion as a bridge-builder of creation of the world of peace, designated in scriptures as instruction.
The freedom of religion shall be actively protected by states and must not be used as grounds for conflict and/or acts of violence. These contain the rights to adopt, change or renounce a religion or belief, the freedom to manifest one’s religion or belief, the freedom to worship and the protection of places of worship, religious symbols and observation of holidays and days of rest. States must refrain from coercing a religion.
Article 9: Promote Peaceful Coexistence Amongst Religious and Ethnic Groups
In article 9 “Religion, Ethnic Identity and Peace”, states should develop devices that facilitate multilateral consultations and encourage legal measures and social policy for religious and ethnic harmony. Also, legal basis for prosecution and punishment against organizations that promote conflict and violence in the name of religion should be founded.
Article 10: Spread A Culture of Peace
In article 10 “Spreading a Culture of Peace”, raising awareness for citizens to develop recognition of peace through education, activities and commemorations is highlighted. Culture facilitates interactions in the community. There is legitimacy of our cooperation for cessation of war and world peace.
When the global community becomes one with the spirit of peace that never fades away in every individual’s heart, the culture of peace will bind us together and facilitate the achievement of the sustainable development goals provided by the United Nations for the common interest that benefits every citizen in our world. The welfare of humanity is dependent on how we can hold our hands together for peace in our times.
London Religious Leaders
A Solution to World Peace,
UK World Alliance Religions’ Peace Office
London Religious Leaders have a dialogue to find a solution to a peaceful world
Religious leaders of the Muslim, Sikh, Hare Krishna, Jain and Buddhist faiths gathered in one room to discuss the commonalities within their scriptures in order to spread one message – World Peace.
UK World Alliance Religions’ Peace Office
On Wednesday 27th July, Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international organisation in association with the United Nations Department of Public Information, hosted the 11th UK World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office in The London Spirituality Centre. The WARP Office is a series of Scripture Dialogues attended by religious leaders from various faiths who seek peace and a young adult audience who support peace.
The Scripture Dialogues are held every month and designed for religious texts to be compared and unified under the one that provides the most trustworthy testimony to prevent religious conflicts. Under the topic, The Inner Being, each religious leader gave a speech on questions “What is more important – Flesh or inner being?”, “Is there a concept of an inner being living and dying?”, and “What is the way for the inner being to live?”
As for the first question, all religious leaders said inner being is more important, while there were some differences regarding the other two questions.
Venerable Konwewe Ariyarathana said, “The Buddha taught a doctrine of no soul or no self. There is no part of a being which remains unchanged even for a split second. Change is going on constantly from moment to moment, so we cannot therefore talk about an inner being which has some kind of permanent or independent existence.”
Bhindu Madhava representing the Hare Krishna religion said, “Throughout the ages wise people have realised that we live in two worlds at the same time, a physical outer world and a deeper inner spiritual world. The problem is that we get so absorbed by the state of our physical outer world that we don’t spend enough time on the spiritual world within us. All religions message is the same, whichever religion you follow.”
After the event, Jain speaker Dr. Alhagi Drammeh said “There are differences but there are also similarities in religion and unfortunately people always focus on the differences rather than the similarities, within Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and all the other religions concerning ethics, compassion, forgiveness and doing good because I think all religion focus on the issues of morality and humanity and this has always motivated me since I was very young.”
In addition, Christian scholar Justin Brand said, “Every speaker here has said that taking care of the inner being is what is the most important – it is the same in Christianity. What unites us all is that every religion has had a founder who claimed to have discovered the absolute truth, that’s what unites us all, finding the absolute truth. The absolute truth has nothing to do with the external but has everything to do with the internal, the inner being, so after discussing with our Jain speaker Dr. Harshad, we came to the conclusion that we should start to look at our commonalities, every person has an inner being that is seeking to find the absolute truth and this is what I have discovered through attending these dialogues.”
In order to bring all conflicts to an end, the organiser HWPL is not only working on WARP Offices, but also “Legislate Peace” Campaign, an advocacy movement in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) being developed into an enforceable law. Through these two core peace projects of HWPL all over the world, those who love peace become united as one. Recently, 181 WARP Offices in 90 countries have been established and over 500,000 signatures have been gathered in 168 countries.
Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War By Man Hee Lee Chairman of HWPL
<Declaration of World Peace> Officially proclaimed at 5.25 Peace Walk at the Peace Gate by Man Hee Lee HWPL chairman
Recognizing the imminent threats posed by conflicts and wars, prominent legal experts from various countries came together with a determination to produce a new legal document that could serve as a foundation for a safe and peaceful world.
Through their collaborative efforts, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was drafted and officially proclaimed on 14 March 2016, at 3:14 PM.
– Excerpt from foreword of DPCW explanatory book by HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee