To the ends of the earth,
the four corners of the earth~ ∞
HWPL & Ramagya School that Lead the World to Peace
The 23rd Peace Tour of HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee,
the Hope of Youths
At the Designation Ceremony of HWPL Peace Academy
– Ramagya School in India
Since the Mar Elias Educational Institutions in Israel was designated as the first HWPL Peace Academy, more schools in Albania, Kosovo and India made decisions to integrate Peace Education which covers activities for the cessation of wars and achievement of peace as part of their curriculum and held HWPL Peace Academy designation ceremonies.
CBSE Affiliated School in Noida
The Next Generation’s Leaders of World Peace
December, 2015, the chairwoman of IWPG, attended the HWPL Peace Academy designation ceremony in New Delhi where 5 schools including Ramagya School were announced HWPL Peace Academies. Chairwoman of IWPG, who has argued over many accounts that peace must be educated at homes and schools, was appointed an honorary board member of Ramagya School.
At the event where over 1,300 of leaders of India’s education, teachers and students gathered, conveyed her thoughts saying, “Ramagya has been made the world’s best school, and you are truly blessed as students… I look forward to seeing your future endeavors knowing that, after being guided by great teachers, growing in peace and safety, you will lead peace not just in India but worldwide.”
Monument Stipulates the Role of Entities in Peace Education
Along with the designation ceremony, there was the unveiling event of the Monument to the Declaration of World Peace on the school grounds of Ramagya School. The monument stipulates the role of different groups such as the political sector, women and youth that each play a pivotal role in peace education.
Chairman of Ramagya School Sanjay Gupta, who planned the school’s designation as an HWPL Peace Academy, told the audience, “I hope our students will become the next generation’s peace leaders of India with conscience for peace through the peace education.” As more schools joined the trend of peace education, Samsara School, Jaypee School, Ahlcon Public School, and Noida International University were also designated as HWPL Peace Academies.
Humanity and Spirituality – the Core Values that Lead the World to Peace unnamed 22 December, Chairwoman of IWPG attended the 7th World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spiritualityat Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi upon the invitation of Mr. Hari Prasad Kanoria, Chairman of SREI Foundation. At the Confluence, said, “humanity and spirituality drive individuals, move organized societies, and serve as the core values that lead the world to peace.” She added, “Without peace, we cannot hope to fulfill humanity, spirituality or anything else.”
DPCW will be presented to the UN to be transformed into legally binding document~♦
On January 12th, 2017, a peace seminar ‘Promptly Meeting the Needs of the Times: The Necessity for Peace Education and the Comparative study for a Practical Plan’ was co-hosted by Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) and Lakshmibai College, Delhi University. The seminar took place in Lakshmibai College, Delhi University for about 50 officers from education field and university students.
Participants understood the reality that wars are taking place over the world and how significant peace education is as the MC delivered the message of Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL during the seminar stating ‘All living beings on the earth could constantly prosper with light, rain and air unconditionally given to. People have received life, which is a precious gift, from them. Let us give glory to heaven and live on the world of peace.’
About 49 HWPL Peace Academies have been appointed in India. In order to cease war and achieve peace through the peace education of HWPL aiming to develop various lesson materials and foster instructors, more than 1,000 HWPL Peace Academies to be designated in the world. Since the peace education began for the first time, in Israel on December, 2015, currently, 126 leading educational institutions have been appointed as HWPL Peace Academies and have implemented peace education from 8 countries including India, Myanmar, Philippines, Georgia, Kosovo, and Israel.
Pratyush Vatsala, Principal from Lakshmibai College explained the necessity of peace education and how she began to participate in peace education as stating, ‘Peace is something close to my heart. As an educator, when I see that HWPL has been working for peace with sincerity, I decided to be part of HWPL’s peace education. Peace is essential value for existence of humanity. Through education, peace must be emphasized in India now, the era, which values of morality are undermined.’ Furthermore, she added the plan and expected effectiveness of peace education as saying ‘As faculties in university, we need to devote ourselves to achieving peace and gathering more number of students to join the peace work for their own future. Education transforms the thoughts and mindset. We can create a better world through peace education.
The object of peace education is to accomplish the Article 10 ‘Spread a culture of peace’ of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) proclaimed on March, 2016. Recognizing the imminent threats posed by conflicts and wars, prominent legal experts from various countries joined HWPL’s peace movement with a determination to produce a new legal document and drafted DPCW. HWPL has designated HWPL Peace Academies and conducted peace education with an understanding that even though a condition is formed where peace can settle as the international law is implemented, however, true peace will not be achieved until the true seed of peace is sown into each one’s hearts.
HWPL will conduct pilot peace education in March based on today’s seminar and continue to operate diverse peace events such as implementing Peace Education, signing for supporting DPCW, Peace Walks, peace conference for youth and women. The pilot classes for peace education will be implemented on March in India. Recruiting people who are working for peace in Kashmir will be followed to conduct peace initiatives of HWPL to promote DPCW and form peace education committee of India with officers from education field.
Meanwhile, on the same day, on 12th, a signing ceremony for supporting Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was held in National Youth Day: Drawing Competition of Vishwa Yuvak Kendra where 200 people participated in and signed for DPCW. DPCW will be presented to the UN to be transformed into legally binding document.
Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa,
As the Peace Ambassador, he will recommend and sponsor …
to declare Mr. Man Hee Lee
<Ambassador for Sikh Dharma/ Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa/ USA>
I had never seen an event(WARP Peace Summit) on this large scale representing peace and the call for unity from all over the world among all religions.
This event was one of the most well organized events.
Even many governments and the UN probably cannot put up any event like this majestic WARP Peace Summit hosted by Mr. Man Hee Lee.
I will have no hesitation in recommending, sponsoring, and doing whatever I can to send the strong message to the UN, to the noble organization to declare Mr. Man Hee Lee, as the peace ambassador for this century.
Mr. Bhai Sahib Satpal Singh Khalsa, I agree with you. I had never seen this event, WARP Peace Summit on this large scale representing peace and the call for unity from all over the world among all religions, too. The most unforgettable moment to me was the card performance when watching WARP Peace Summit. There are numerous people and organization that is acting out for peace. However, the war and terror hasn’t yet stopped. Can we make the war and terror stop?
The answer of peace is in the HWPL. Because HWPL is just the organization which acts out with answer to achieve peace beyond nation, ethnic group, religion and belief. Footstep of light to actualize of Mr. Man Hee Lee, HWPL chairman ~! ‘World Peace’ is coming true by the answer which suggested in WARP peace summit by HWPL.
<3rd President of Romania/ Emil Constantinescu/ Romania>
What happened here in Seoul was the first pragmatic approach.
Because as religious and political leaders, we all signed an agreement which is a pragmatic step in promotiong peace and to say categorically, ‘no!’ to wars.
<HWPL Peace Advisory Council>
※ President of Academy for Cultural Diplomacy Berlin, President of Romania 1996-2000, Peace Advisory Council of HWPL
He supports and helps proactive and dynamic for world peace of HWPL.
HWPL strives to facilitate comprehensive grassroots peace building that involves diverse voices of the community: leaders in education, governmental and religious sectors as well as non-profit organizations and youth to create sustainable solutions and empower individuals and communities to be an integral part in global peace building.
Culture of Peace Blossomed through HWPL Peace Exhibition in Fiji
The seed of culture of peace has been sown into the land of Fiji. Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) held the HWPL Peace Exhibition at the Fiji Museum in Suva on 12th July. At this exhibition, members of the government, public and civil organizations participated to appreciate HWPL’s dedication to working for peace in Fiji and congratulate the planning on peace education for local citizens and children
In the opening of the exhibition, Dr. Mahendra Reddy, Minister of Ministry Education, Heritage and Arts, Fiji, delivered a congratulatory speech. He said, “Educating the youth about respecting all races and practicing good values makes us one step closer to achieving world peace.”
Dr. Reddy also expressed his appreciation to the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) for organizing the Exhibition and added that education plays a major role in peace-building in any country. “In choosing Fiji for this exhibition I intend to assure the coordinators that they will not only be reaching out to Fijians but also to the wider Oceania community. Fiji is the heartbeat of the Pacific and this Peace Exhibition will certainly attract audiences from the region.”
This exhibition received attention from the local media and the coverage has actively been made. FIji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) covers this story by stating, “as an international Peace organisation in association with the UN, this group envisions community development through volunteer outreach, women advocacy and engaging the youth of every nation.”
Peace education is one of the major projects globally operated by HWPL to open access to and develop opportunities of education for local citizens and students, acquiring the value that global citizens in these contemporary days must have in mind – peace. Currently, the HWPL Peace Exhibition has been held in various sites around the world, including Davao City Public Library and Museum, the Philippines.
2nd Annual Commemoration, WARP Summit, Seoul Korea, September 18th 2016
2nd HWPL Indonesia Makassar WARP Office
On February 26th 2016, the 2nd WARP Office meeting was successfully held in Makassar, Indonesia. The event was divided into two parts; the first part consisted of a pledge ceremony, during which the participating religious leaders promised to take seriously their responsibility in attending WARP Office meetings.
They all pledged this out of their sincere heart for attaining inter-religious understanding through the WARP Offices. The second part of the event provided religious leaders, representing six different religions, a time for heated discussions on “Do Religious People Need the Holy Scriptures?” All responses were made based on their respective religious scriptures.
1. Hasyim Aidia
Islam/Universitas Islam Negeri(UIN)
2. Ngakan Putu Oka
Hinduism/Indonesian Hindu Scientist Association (ICHI) Member
3. Erfan Sutono
4. John Liku Ada
Cathoic/Diocese of Makassar Archbishop
5. Zakaria Ngelow
6. Edward Kwak
(HWPL WARP Office Research Sepecialist)
 Does Your Scripture Have Records About Why God Provided the Scriptures?
Hasyim Aidid (Islam/Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Professor)| The reasons why God gave us the Holy Scripture can be classified two ways. First is for the ‘guidance’ of mankind. (Quran Al-Baqarah 2) And secondly for clear judgement between right and wrong. (Quran Al-Baqarah 185)
Ngakan Putu Oka (Hinduism/ Indonesian Hindu Scientist Association (ICHI) Member)|Through Yayur Veda XXX 7, God is Almighty and offers numerous kinds of Yadnya and scriptures derived from there to mankind. And also, in Manava Dharmaśāstra XII sloka 99, the teachings of the Veda supports all these creatures. Therefore, the scriptures must be upheld to bring happiness to all beings.
Erfan Sutono (Confucianism/ MATAKIN Member)| Through the doctrine of Zhong Yong, the Word of God (God Almighty) is named ‘True Character.’ A life following the True Character is called taking the ‘Holy Way’. Taking the guidance of the Holy Way is called religion. Religion leads mankind to follow the path of the sacred character of the Truth according to the ‘Word of Tian’. Tian/God sent a ‘Prophet’ to convey the teachings and the ‘word of Tian’ through revelation.
John Liku Ada (Catholic/Diocese of Makassar Archbishop)| In Hebrew 1:1~2, God has spoken to us by a Son, Jesus, through whom also He created the world. And in John 1:1~3, in the ‘beginning’ was ‘the Word’, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made through him, and further, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, it is the Only Son. And also the same Gospel of John tells us why God gave us His Word, who became a living person: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16~17)
Zakaria Ngelow (Protestantism/PGI Member)| The Bible is given to teach us the love of God in Jesus Christ who died on the cross to redeem our sins, and lead us by the Holy Spirit to live according to God’s will. The Bible teaches us to love our neighbor, to forgive and make peace in conflict, to carry out justice for the oppressed and the marginalized, and to care for God’s creation. In short, the Bible is given to know the truth of the Gospel and to be the compass for our life. (2 Timothy 3:15, Romans 15:4, James 2:8, Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18, Psalm 85:8)
Edward Kwak (HWPL WARP Office Research Specialist)| Scripture is a record of God’s will, and getting to know the scripture is Theology. Within the Holy Bible of Protestantism and Catholic, Isaiah 55:8~9 says there are differences between God’s thought and people’s thought. So we can’t know the thought of God with people’s effort, but we can know God’s thought and what God wants through the scripture that God gave us.
Does your scripture explain about the result of a faith that has knowledge of the scriptures?
Hasyim Aidid (Islam/Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Professor) | That those who follow the guidance of the Quran, it is those people who will prosper. And the prosperity must be taken as referring to all kinds of bounty. (Quran Al-Baqarah 2, Al-A’raf 181, 206)
Ngakan Putu Oka (Hinduism/ Indonesian Hindu Scientist Association (ICHI) Member) | In Bagavad Gita IX Sloka 22, to those who pray only to God, without thinking of others, God gives them all they don’t have and protects all they do have. And also in Bagavad Gita IV Sloka 11, whatever the way mankind chooses to approach God, he will be thankful. And humans will follow the path of God any way.
John Liku Ada (Catholic/Diocese of Makassar Archbishop)| Every Catholic is expected to do his/her utmost to have a full knowledge of the Scripture. But what is decisive for someone’s salvation is FAITH. (Romans 3:28) It could be that a person has the full knowledge of the Scripture, but he/she does not believe it; then such a knowledge is of no use for his/her salvation. (John 3:18~21) And also, true faith should be lived out in deeds. (James 2:14, 17~20, 26)
Zakaria Ngelow (Protestantism/PGI Member)| We, believers, should have a good knowledge of the Words of God. And that means we know and acknowledge the truth of God’s love in Jesus Christ and live according to the will of God, as revealed in the Bible. Faith based on a good understanding of Biblical truth leads believers to love God and live in peace with fellow humans and all of God’s creation as well. (Micah 6:8, John 8:32, Romans 12:18)
Edward Kwak (HWPL WARP Office Research Specialist) | The final destination of faith is described as deliverance, paradise, utopia, heaven and salvation. In Matthew 7:21, people who act according to God’s will go to Heaven. It means knowing the Bible that contains God’s will and acting according to it will lead them to Heaven. Knowing their own scripture will let them do as much as they know. If their action is right according to God, then God will bless them.
 Does your scripture explain about the Result of a Faith That Has No Knowledge of the Scriptures?
Hasyim Aidid (Islam/Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Professor) | Those who say we hear, but do not listen, are just the worst sort of beast on the side of Allah. Those who do not understand are the deaf and dumb, the worst sort of beast. (Quran Al-Anfal 21~22)
Ngakan Putu Oka (Hinduism/ Indonesian Hindu Scientist Association (ICHI) Member) | In Bagavad gita XVI Sloka 23, when a person has done contrary to the teachings of Veda, he will not attain perfection and happiness or the highest goal. And also, in Bagavad Gita III Sloka 16, for people seeking to satisfy with their sense (the five senses) then his life will be in vain.
Erfan Sutono (Confucianism/ MATAKIN Member) | In Li JI XXIII 1, it says as follows. “People who failed to receive an education, Book of Odes (Shi Jing), would be a fool. People who failed to receive an education, Book of History (Shu Jing), will be among the gossipy/hypocritical. People who failed to receive an education, Book of Music (Yue Jing), will be a spendthrift.
People who failed to receive an education, Book of Change (Yi Jing), will be the ones who lack common sense. People who failed to receive an education on the Classic of Rites (Li Jing), will be a fussy person. And people who fail to receive an education on Spring and Autumn Annals (Chun Qiu Jing) will become disruptive.”
John Liku Ada (Catholic/Diocese of Makassar Archbishop) | As already stated above, what is decisive is to believe in God. And also, the Pastoral Constitution ‘Gaudium et Spes’ on the Church in the Modern World (abbreviated: GS) in the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965).The Second Vatican Council clearly sets forth a teaching on the universality of salvation in Christ.
After speaking of the “first fruits of the Spirit” (Romans 8:23), GS.22 continues with that all this holds true not for Christians only but also for all men of good will in whose hearts grace is active invisibly. Namely, the possibility of salvation must not be restricted to an explicit recognition of God. Nor is God remote from those who in shadows and images seek the unknown God, since he gives to all men life and breath and all things (Acts 17:25~28), and since the Saviour wills all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4)
Zakaria Ngelow (Protestantism/PGI Member) | In the Bible, Saint Paul wrote a description of believers with his less than perfect understanding of the truth for example that believers are like children that live on milk, not solid food. This means that they are still in the early phase of faith. In Christianity’s long history, eventually various interpretations of Biblical truth manifested as thousands of church denominations.
In ecumenical movements different denominations try to formulate a common ground of basic truth despite their differences. Some Christians memorize Bible verses, but do not understand the substance of the Biblical witness to the truth of God’s love. Some others develop their own interpretation deviating from basic truth and eventually going astray as an unrecognized Christian sect.
Edward Kwak (HWPL WARP Office Research Specialist) | In Romans 10:2-3, if people don’t know God’s will even with their zeal, it is to establish their own, and they don’t submit to God’s righteousness. So faith without knowing the scripture and faith with misunderstanding of the scripture can only be one-way faith, not true faith with God.
Through the 2nd Makassar WARP Office meeting in Indonesia, participants were able to find out about ‘the reasons for God to provide humanity with the scriptures’ and the ‘differences in life of faith between knowing and not knowing the scriptures’, within the context of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholic and Protestantism.
Each scripture mentions that abundance, salvation, peace, and heaven lie only in the hands of those who know and keep to the Will of God. Therefore, walking the life of faith with the understanding of scriptures is the path to bring our hope into reality as believers.
This meeting proved to be a valuable time to attain insights to the question ‘Do Religious People Need the Holy Scriptures?’ We look forward to attain the true will of God in the scriptures through the Scripture Dialogue meetings and to renew HWPL WARP Offices and religious leaders’ commitment to leave positive impacts in the world.
After the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was proclaimed on 14 March 2016, the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the Implementation of the International Law on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace was officially launched. The Committee, comprised of women and youth members of different nationalities, is working around HWPL, IWPG, and IPYG to advocate the preparation of a legally binding instrument inspired by the DPCW, and its implementation by all States. The members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee will raise awareness in their respective countries and regions about the need for legally binding provisions that ensure global peace and cessation of war, and invite all citizens to join the work of peace.
HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee Appointment Ceremony Successfully Held in Beijing
On April 13th, 2016, the branch office of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) in Beijing, China, held the Appointment Ceremony of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the implementation of the international law on the cessation of war and achievement of world peace, and the Signing Ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. The event, hosted by the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and sponsored by Jingsh Law Firm in Beijing, drew 40-plus distinguished guests from diverse sectors including law, press, culture, youth, and corporate. Leaders and experts of various fields discussed practical advocacy strategies for peace and cessation of war as members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.
The event consisted of four programs—“Introduction of the IPYG and IWPG, and Introduction of international law,” “Discussion on future activity plan to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war,” “Appointment ceremony of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee,” and “Signing ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.”
The video highlights of the Advocacy Seminar on the implementation of the international law on the cessation of war and achievement of world peace, hosted by HWPL and organized by the IPYG Beijing Branch on March 26th, were shown as the opening video.
Li Mingkun, president of China Expo magazine, remarked in his congratulatory speech, “If war no longer existed and peace reigned in this world, the lives of humanity would become more beautiful.” He continued, “The most incredible thing is that despite his age of over 80 years, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee is notably taking the lead in the movement for world peace and cessation of war.” He added: “We must actively take part in this peace movement and urge everyone around us, including colleagues and family members, to join in this movement so that we can create a better world.”
Afterwards, there was a discussion on the future activity plan to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war that lasted over 30 minutes. After the discussion, Jiang Jin, CEO of Beijing Jump Bell Culture Media Co. LTD, and Yang Tao, manager of Tianjin Huayi Safety Door Co. LTD. Beijing Office, gave a speech on the topic of “What is our role to effectively urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war?”
CEO Jiang Jin stated, “We must widely publicize the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War to the youths around the world and encourage them to participate in this movement.” “Lastly, let us come together to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war.” He added that “it is a great honor to be a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.” He was appointed as a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee along with Wang Yi Lin, matching consultant of Personal Five Elements Clothing Color, and Yang Tao, manager of Tianjin Huayi Safety Door Co. LTD. Pei Bin, secretary of World Cheongsam Club Culture Department, was appointed as the Chairman of the Committee.
Secretary Pei Bin said, “I am delighted to be attending this event, and I have understood the duty of this position as a chairman of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.” He also said, “We must take the lead in creating peace,” adding that he will do his utmost to fulfill his role as the chairman of the Committee.
The Appointment Ceremony ignited peace in the hearts of all the participants. The Ceremony was followed by the Signing Ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.”
For 2 hours and 30 minutes, the distinguished guests in attendance engaged in a discussion under the topic of “The relations between the international law and me.” Also, they said that all people of the world, including youths, women, and members of the Committee, should have a strong sense of responsibility regarding bringing about peace. The fruits of peace borne through the efforts of the Committee will become an essential component of spreading the culture of peace.
<Peace Declaration>10 Articles & Preamble of DPCW By Man Hee Lee
DPCW, Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
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
☞ Preamble of DPCW Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
Recalling the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and other international instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
Acknowledging that all members of the human family enjoy human dignity and equal and inalienable rights, and that these rights represent a necessary tenet of the preservation of freedom, justice and peace throughout the world,
Aiming to maintain international peace and security and determined to pass on to successive generations an invaluable inheritance of a world free of wars,
Ensuring the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force should not be used, save in accordance with the limitations prescribed by international law,
Reaffirming faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women, the promotion of social progress and better standards of life for people and future generations and the need to facilitate peaceful coexistence among the world’s religions, beliefs, and ethnicities;
Recognizing that the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples constitutes a significant contribution to contemporary international law, and that its effective application is of paramount importance,
Call upon states
to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from international law can be maintained, and
in accordance with the common spirit that permeates all religious scriptures, and the rules of international law including fundamental rights guaranteed, to undertake to prosecute and sanction gross and systematic acts of violence undertaken in the name of religion
to bring about gradual disarmament of weapons of mass destruction and weapons capable of causing widespread and unnecessary suffering and weapons incompatible with international humanitarian law.
The signatories to the present Declaration do hereby urge that all efforts be made so that this Declaration is adopted and respected by all states.
☞ Article 1 - Prohibition of the threat or use of force
1. States should solemnly reaffirm that they refrain from the use of force in all circumstances, save where permitted by international law, and should condemn aggression as constituting an international crime.
2. States should refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of military force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations Charter or international law in general.
3. States should prohibit any act or threat of violence, whatever its motives or purposes, that occurs for the advancement of an individual or collective criminal agenda.
4. States should abstain from interference in the internal conflicts of other States.
☞ Article 2 - War potential
1. States should co-operate with a view to the gradual global reduction of armament production.
2. States should not produce, assist in, encourage, or induce; the production of weapons of mass destruction, inter alia, chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, or weapons capable of causing indiscriminate or widespread and unnecessary suffering, or weapons incompatible with international humanitarian law.
3. States should take measures to ensure that existing weapons of mass destruction, weapons capable of causing widespread and unnecessary suffering and weapons incompatible with international humanitarian law are gradually dismantled or destroyed. States should cooperate in disarmament and the reduction of arms stockpiles, ideally under international supervision. Decommissioned weapons manufacturing facilities should be repurposed, so that they may serve purposes that are beneficial to humanity in general.
4. States should strive to reduce excessive standing armies and military bases.
5. States should cooperate to gradually diminish trade in weapons and attempt to reduce the flow of small arms to non-state actors.
☞ Article 3 – Friendly relations and the prohibition of acts of aggression
1. In accordance with United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2625 (XXV), States should develop friendly relations based upon respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and should take appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace.
2. States have the duty to refrain from any forcible action that deprives peoples of their rights to self-determination.
3. States should condemn the illegal occupation of territory resulting from the threat or use of force in a manner contrary to international law.
4. States should promote accountability, including by investigating alleged violations of international law, in particular, grave violation of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, and should take measures to ensure that states, citizens and corporations do not contribute to the commission of violations of international law.
5. States should condemn, and should criminalize in their domestic law, the planning, preparation, initiation or execution, by a person in a position effectively to exercise control over, or to direct, the political or military action of a State, of an act of aggression which, by its character, gravity and scale, constitutes a manifest violation of international law, thus amounting to a crime of aggression.
6. States should refrain from allowing their territories to be placed at the disposal of other actors, whether States or otherwise, to engage in armed force against a third State.
7. States should bear in mind the principle of sovereign equality of states, and should seek to consult all other states, on the basis of reciprocal respect, on issues that may relate to them, in order to resolve and pre-empt disputes which may arise. This provision should apply without prejudice to human rights law and human dignity.
☞ Article 4 – State boundaries
1. In accordance with United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2625 (XXV), every State has the duty to refrain in its international relations from military, political, economic, or any other form of coercion aimed against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations. This is without prejudice to instances when such forms of coercion may be lawfully applied, inter alia, to induce states to cease internationally wrongful acts, or when sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council.
2. Every State has the duty to refrain from the threat or use of force to violate the existing internationally recognized boundaries of another State, or as a means of resolving international disputes, including territorial and frontier disputes, in a manner inconsistent with international law.
3. Every state has the duty to refrain from any act of incitement, planning, preparation, initiation or commission of an act of aggression by a state, a group of states, an organization of states or an armed group or by any foreign or external entity, against the sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of any State.
☞ Article 5 - Self-determination
1. The duty of every state to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any other state includes the duty not to engage in any action that would result in the dismemberment of any state, or force the secession or annexation of any territorial unit from that state.
2. Subject to the right to self-determination of peoples, states shall not engage in any intervention that seeks to divide or separate a state in a manner that is contrary to the rules of international law.
3. Every state has the duty to refrain from prematurely recognising an entity that has purported to secede from another state, until such a time as the latter entity has developed the necessary attributes, capacities and legitimacy to function as a state.
4. Subject to the provisions of the present article, States should encourage identifiable nation-states that have been divided by longstanding external or historical factors to engage in co-operation and dialogue. States should ensure that divided peoples are provided with their right to self-determination, including, inter alia, measures which may result in unified government.
5. Any political system in which power is exercised in perpetuity by an individual or regime amounting to a manifest denial of the right to self-determination should be condemned.
☞ Article 6 - Dispute settlement
1. States should recognize the obligation to settle their international disputes through peaceful means including reference to the International Court of Justice, other judicial bodies, regional judicial arrangements, or through arbitration, mediation, conciliation, or other forms of alternative dispute resolution and in such a manner that international peace and security are not endangered. States should carry out any judgment or decision reached by a judicial body in good faith.
2. All states are encouraged to accept the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, in accordance with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Court, without reservations, as a means of ensuring that disputes are settled peacefully and in accordance with international law.
☞ Article 7 - Right to self-defence
1. Nothing in the present Declaration should be construed so as to impair the inherent right to individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a State, until such time as the Security Council has taken measures to maintain international peace and security.
2. Measures taken by states in the exercise of their right to self-defence should be immediately reported to the Security Council and should not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the United Nations Charter to take, at any time, such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.
☞ Article 8 - Freedom of religion
1. States should unite to strengthen international efforts to foster a global dialogue for the promotion of a culture of tolerance and peace at all levels, based on respect for human rights and diversity of religions and beliefs.
2. States should activate and participate in systems to enforce and protect fundamental human rights, eliminating discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, and should refrain from and prohibit the usage of religion by governments, groups, or individuals in order to justify or to incite acts of violence against others. These systems should include, inter alia, judicial mechanisms.
3. States should foster religious freedom by allowing members of religious communities to practice their religion, whether publicly or in private, and by protecting places of worship and religious sites, cemeteries, and shrines.
☞ Article 9 – Religion, ethnic identity and peace
1. States should engage in multilateral consultations to deal with situations where differences attributable to religion or ethnicity pose a threat to peace so that necessary remedial action may be taken and to identify the root causes of a situation causing tension between different religious or ethnic groups, in order to adopt necessary measures to promote mutual understanding between the groups concerned.
2. States should take measures to ensure that religious belief or ethnic identity are not utilised as a pretext for gross and systematic acts of violence. In circumstances where individuals or groups perpetrate or assist in such acts in the name of their religion, states should take adequate measures that lead to the prosecution and punishment of such activities.
3. Recognising the threat to peaceful coexistence that violent religious extremism may cause, states should implement, in good faith, legal measures against individuals or groups attempting to perpetrate or assist in gross and systematic acts of violence in the name of religion. Such measures should, in extreme cases, include the proscription of faith groups – including sects or cults – that perpetrate acts of violence against the territorial integrity and political independence of any state.
☞ Article 10 – Spreading a culture of peace
1. States should recognize and engage with groups and organizations that seek to further the cause of peace as a global movement. States should facilitate such groups in their awareness-raising activities, including providing tuition in human rights and peace studies, as provided for, inter alia, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1999 UN Declaration on a Culture of Peace.
2. States should recognize that, in order to preserve a lasting culture of peace, public awareness of the need for, and value of, peace should be created. In this regard, states are encouraged to facilitate activities, commemorations, and initiatives that engage public consciousness with peace, including the erection of peace monuments as an alternative to war monuments.
3. Heads of state and heads of government should acknowledge that they are uniquely well placed to encourage a culture of peace, and should act to support this declaration to bring about the cessation of war.
4. States should promote a culture of peace including ensuring conditions in which-
(a) citizens are able to participate in the political affairs of the state as equals regardless of religious or ethnic differences;
(b) a free media is maintained which allows grievances to be aired and addressed;
(c) education is imparted to promote respect and mutual understanding among different religious, belief and ethnic groups;
(d) the right to development of peoples, including the achievement of the UN sustainable development goals, can be realized; and
(e) the wellbeing of all human kind with the participation of women and men to ensure peaceful coexistence amongst nations, states, and peoples may be guaranteed.
Durban hosts HWPL WARP Office for inter-religious harmony
The reason of birth, ageing, sickness, and death clarified based on religious scriptures
Durban- Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) Durban branch hosted the HWPL WARP (World Alliance of Religions’ Peace) Office, Dialogue of Scriptures event on April 28th, 2016. The theme of the dialogue was, “Why were men created to experience the process of birth, ageing, sickness, and death?” This has been and will be the most important question humankind has attempted to resolve.
Affiliates of International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) attended the dialogue as audiences. Speakers included the Shaykh Siddiqi(Muslim), Leon Greenberg (Sai), Thirusha Naidoo ( Hindu youth member) ,Menzi Maseko (Rastafari), Ashantewa (Indigenous religion) and Deon Groupe (Christian).
The representative of the Islamic perspective spoke according to the Quran “Therefore the spiritual essence, the light, of all human being is from, the light Allah, God Almighty, comprising of all His Names, or attributes. Human beings were created to know Allah, and to manifest His attributes, while living in the material world using his knowledge and the the outer and inner senses. The human being is endowed with the capacity to develop his humanness to the highest degree, becoming, insan-i-kamil, the true human being, is both broad and deep because his awareness of the deep spiritual levels within himself, from a multi-sensory perspective, is fully awakened. He uses the surrendered mind as a bridge between the inner and outer self”.
Based on the Bible, Deon Groupe (Christian Religion) said “God created man, Adam in the beginning and gave him breath of life to live (Gn 2vs7). The breath of life which Adam received was what gave life to his to his soul. God then promised eternal life to Adam if he eats the riot of the tress of life but told him that he will die if he eats the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam didn’t keep the promise made with God due to the deception of the serpent and instead faced with death. Adam died at the age of 930. This proves that spirt (inner being) which was in God’s imagine and likeness died when Adam ate the fruit of good and evil and when his flesh(outer being) inevitable death died because of sin (death) proved that the serpent deceived him.”
Menzi Maseko (Rastafarin) shared about the life and death according to this religion, these are all huge topics that are not only philosophical, but really strike me as archetypes that attempt to deal with the very roots of the human experience. But as a Rastafarian, I or We are concerned with the whole entire Cosmos. The question we should be asking is not even the perennial WHO AM I? / What Am I , and Where do I go once I reach the stage of giving up the body. The question to ask is WHAT IS THE PURPOSE or LIFE? Also, by life I am not limited to human life. Although we should acknowledge human culpability in the destruction of vast hectares of Natural habitats ,rivers ,rain-forest and even the pollution of question of identifying One’s True purpose is the subject of thousands of books, videos and other self-help Remedies.
The partakers had their questions on life, ageing, sickness and death resolved after the dialogue, but moreover, they were overwhelmed and captivated because it was a dialogue based on the importance of understanding different religious scriptures. Which enabled them to comprehend and appreciate many religions through the dialogue, as well releasing the importance of all religions uniting at one.
HWPL is promoting true interfaith and peace between the religions through 142 WARP Offices in 70 countries every month. On the 14th of March, HWPL held the Proclamation Ceremony of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War in Seoul, South Korea. It is attracting attention from legislators, legal experts and the mass media all around the world, as it conveys an applied solution for world peace by outlawing the production of weapons, and eradicating every potential of war as well as the solving of religious battles.