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
let us all work together to build and
leave a peaceful world as a lasting legacy
<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 www.peacelaw.org)
<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.