Monday, January 23, 2017

Peace Education & India

Peace Education & India

When do you think of 'India' the first thing that comes to mind is peace, don't you? 
India always conjures up 'peace'.
Now, let's look at the news 'Flaring of Peace Education in India'.

Planning for conducting peace education in India and wishing for peace with 50 educators and students

Mr. Man Hee Lee of HWPL Chairman is making a speech. 
- HWPL Peace Academy <Ramagya School in India> 21th Dec. 2015 - 

The following press release issued by the HWPL, an international NGO headquartered in, South Korea

(January 13, 2017, Seoul, Sri Lanka Guardian) 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 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.

Peace Victory~ Peace Ceremony at Ramagya School

Monday, January 16, 2017

Distinctive Features of DPCW

Distinctive Features of DPCW,
Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War 

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. 

  • Discouraging War Potential

DPCW, 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 an international level. This will facilitate cohesion of efforts of peace and collective power of people to support both the communities and international society.

'Distinctive Features of DPCW' Source:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Greeting From HWPL Chairman, Man Hee Lee "HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017"

From HWPL Chairman, Man Hee Lee

👋 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 ~ 💖

 At this time of year, as we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another,
 I would like to take this opportunity to thank you of your interest in HWPL. 

Thanks to your support, HWPL proclaimed the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and successfully hosted the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit. Countless people around the world are supporting HWPL’s work for religious harmony and are advocating the implementation of the DPCW. 

In the year 2017, let us join our hearts, minds, and efforts to bring peace to the world. I look forward to your continued support, and may peace and happiness be with you and your family in the New Year. 

Man Hee Lee, Chairman 
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light 

As messengers of peace, 
let us all work together to build and 
leave a peaceful world as a lasting legacy 
for our future generations

<DPCW, Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War> has been drafted with the intent of promoting the respect of fundamental human rights and international law, and of further involving States in the active protection of those rights. In this time, let us take a closer look at the Article 10 of the DPCW. (The full text of the Declaration and its explanation booklet are also available at

<DPCW, Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War>

Article 1 - Prohibition of the threat or use of force 
Article 2 - War potential 
Article 3 - Friendly relations and the prohibition of acts of aggression 
Article 4 - State boundaries 
Article 5 - Self-determination 
Article 6 - Dispute settlement 
Article 7 - Right to self-defence 
Article 8 - Freedom of religion 
Article 9 - Religion, ethnic identity and peace 

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.