Thursday, January 3, 2019

[HWPL] HWPL Addresses CCK (Christian Council of Korea) and Coercive Conversion: 'It goes against human rights, democracy and Article 8 of the DPCW'


[HWPL] HWPL Addresses CCK (Christian Council of Korea) and Coercive Conversion: 'It goes against human rights, democracy and Article 8 of the DPCW'

Ban Coercive Conversion on NY Times

Recently, HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light. Chairman : Man Hee Lee) wrote about Ms. Ji-In Gu, the victim of a tragic incident that occurred during the coercive conversion program which was published in the article 'New York Times to Unveil CCK's Coercive Conversion Program'.

HWPL accused CCK (Christian Council of Korea) of having an 'anti-democratic religious alliance formed by coercive conversion education pastors' and making Ms. Gu 'the victim of a witch hunt'.

It also pointed out that 'freedom of religion is an absolute, fundamental right stated in the constitution of the Republic of Korea', enshrined within article 20 clauses 1 and 2. Such vicious behavior by CCK and its coercive conversion pastors also breaches the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the U.N.

I think that it is a very barbaric and ignorant behavior by pastors who are highly educated. They don't have the right to take someone's life and violate one's human rights. No one has such a right, let alone forcibly converting one's religion to another? This is insane! We no longer live in the medieval age. They should go back to the Middle Ages in a time-machine if they really want to commit such a thing like coercive conversion.

Let's keep reading through HWPL's article. It said 'the CCK is trying to hide the truth, not only by neglecting the law and looking the other way, but by supporting its affiliated pastors' illegal activities', and added 'the CCK coercive conversion education pastors are wolves in sheep's clothing' who deceive victim's family members into carrying out their 'dirty work' instead. This is how they evade criminal punishment by the law.

In Article 8 of HWPL's DPCW (Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War), under the title "Foster Religious Freedom", it is certainly stated :

"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."

HWPL and IWPG (International Women's Peace Group, a sub-organization of HWPL) have been protesting against CCK and coercive conversion for their anti-national, anti-social and anti-peaceful behavior that infringes on human rights.

In conclusion, HWPL claimed that the CCK must disband and be punished for their actions. It added 'We have to take part in revealing the truth with clear judgment more so than anyone else. The truth always prevails.'.

As a person who lives in Korea, I find this crime unbelievable. How can religious Christian leaders, who are supposed to be moral, conscious, pious and righteous, commit such a terrible crime against young people? The Republic of Korea is a constitutional country with its own law. I hope that the Korean government is more aware of human rights and religious freedom than before and protects people from becoming victims of coercive conversion like Ms. Ji-In Gu as soon as possible.


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