HWPL and civil society groups in 117 cities advocate comprehensive cooperation for peace and denounce anti-peace activities
Global interest in the Korean Peninsula has piqued significantly since talks of the historic North and South Korea dialogues came into light.
To ensure that peace and reunification of the peninsula becomes a reality,an international peace NGO has been working ceaselessly for the adoption of a peace law.
On March 14, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) held an event commemorating the proclamation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
This commemoration was held simultaneously in 166 cities across 71 countries which included South Korea, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa and the United States calling for building a world of peace and realizing justice.
The DPCW, with its 10 articles and 38 clauses drafted by the International Law Peace Committee, includes provisions on the protection of religious and ethnic identity and spreading a culture of peace.
Globally 150,000 citizens and leaders of all sectors of society took part in this series of worldwide events, urging for the establishment of an international law for the realization of a peaceful, just society and the denunciation of anti-peace activities.
In Cape Town, South Africa 600 representatives of political, religious, women, civil society and youth groups attended the commemoration.
In his contribution towards the discussion, President of the United Democratic Movement and The South African Member of Parliament, Honorable Bantu Holomisa said,“The DPCW was crafted broadly enough to say War, no matter in which way it is justified, is wrong. Full-stop.”
He continued to add that the work of the United Nations, international NGOs, and bodies were critical in bringing stability to many situations where religious persecution is rife; especially where it has escalated to war.
Mr. Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, highlighted that every person in every country is responsible for establishing world peace.
He appealed to participants by saying, “Rather than waiting to take peace for granted, it is we who should put an end to all wars to protect humanity and our world, and leave peace as a legacy for future generations.” Laws of today cannot compensate for the lives sacrificed in war.
What we need is an instrument that protects human life, a law that prevents war, he added.
In the event, HWPL issued an official statement against anti-peace actions, in light of various organizations hindering peace activities based on hearsay and personal gain.
In the statement, HWPL stated that they will no longer tolerate attempts to obstruct the work for peace, putting personal gain over the common good of humanity.
The organization also urged those yearning for peace and justice to take the right path, not the path marked with lies, and join the effort to build peace together.