Wednesday, February 22, 2023

[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-Hee Lee (41): Awakening the World with a “Can-Do” Spirit, ‘Strong Push’ towards Enactment of International Law for Cessation of War


[HWPL] Peace Tours of Man-Hee Lee (41): Awakening the World with a “Can-Do” Spirit, ‘Strong Push’ towards Enactment of International Law for Cessation of War

On November 12, 2015, a draft meeting of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee is being held at the British International Law Association. (From left) Czech human rights lawyer Anna Cervenakova, HWPL International Law Peace Commissioner Ibrahim Mashhoor Hadithah Al Jazyi, HWPL Chairman Man-hee Lee, HWPL International Law Peace Commissioner Arnaldo Neto, and HWPL International Law Peace Commissioner Fathi Kemicha.

On 11 November, 2015, Chairman Lee and the peace delegation left El Salvador and arrived at London Heathrow Airport via Spain. Given the specific measures that HWPL is implementing to achieve world peace and the cessation of war, the UK was a particularly significant stop as it is a global centre for international legal services and is home to the headquarters of the International Law Association, whose objective is the study and development of international law. Moreover, the world's leading international law experts are based in the UK.

The very first peace conference since the inauguration of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee (ILPC), which is comprised of world-renowned legal experts, was held at the British International Law Association in London on  in commemoration of the first anniversary of the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit on the first day of their arrival. The International Law Peace Committee invited Chairman Lee to seek his wisdom. At the meeting, all committee members agreed on the need to enact an international peace law for the betterment of humanity and various experts in each field promised to contribute to the enactment of an international peace law.

News of Chairman Lee's visit to the UK drew in continuous visitors. Former Prime Minister of Ireland Bertie Ahern, who came to London to meet Chairman Lee even after changing his schedule, said, “I again learned how hard the Chairman has been working for peace. Everything you (Chairman Lee) do is very important. We will work together for peace.”

Ciarán Burke, Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies in Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the oldest university in Germany, gave his opinion on how to draft and realise an international law for the cessation of war, saying, “I'll visit Chairman Lee in Antarctica if I must.” He strongly supported this peace movement. In addition, British politicians and religious figures, such as Baron Nazir Ahmed and Anglican bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, formed a strong consensus on the necessity of enacting an international law for peace and promised to work together for peace by becoming ambassadors of HWPL and IWPG (International Women's Peace Group), respectively.

The peace conference in London made a great step forward. On November 13, after two days of repeated meetings, the HWPL International Law Peace Committee decided on the 12 provisions of an  international peace law proposed by Chairman Lee, which includes the establishment of a monitoring committee for the cessation of war, the prohibition of acts of aggression, prohibition of arms sales, and prohibition of military education and training. The first draft of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was finally realised.

Milenko Kreca, President of the Serbia Branch of the ILA, said “Chairman Lee’s ideas are noble and of great value. We have adopted an official declaration as the first step to gaining support from governmental and non-governmental figures. It embodies the Chairman's thoughts.”

The HWPL UK press conference is being held at Clothworkers Hall, London, on November 13, 2015

He expressed his gratitude to Chairman Lee, saying, “We will achieve a new and revolutionary change in the most important part of international law.”

Anna Cervenakova, a human rights lawyer from the Czech Republic, said, “I realized that this matter (the enactment of international law for the cessation of war) needs to be announced to the world today."

Chairman Lee also met with British and Finnish international law experts and presented the path to realizing peace through the first draft of the DPCW. At that meeting, Chairman Lee said, “I am working with the expectation and hope that this can be achieved. Now is the right time to achieve world peace and the cessation of global wars.”

Kamal Hossain, former Minister of Justice of Bangladesh and member of the IPLC, said, “The WARP Summit gave us an opportunity to reflect on why international law has failed so far. Everything Chairman Lee has done has become a way to break that silence and is creating energy that is moving the world,” revealing his strong conviction in Chairman Lee’s peace movement.

On November 13, 2015, a local journalist who attended the HWPL UK press conference held at Clothworkers Hall, London, is taking a commemorative photo with Chairman Lee after being officially appointed an HWPL Publicity Ambassador

Later the leading UK religious figureheads of the Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist and Sikh faiths also gathered in one place after hearing the news of Chairman Lee's visit and decided to join the peace movement through their support for the unification of religion and scriptures.

"There are many groups in the UK with different beliefs and religions, but I think it's so important to have this time to meet and learn from each other," said Thai Buddhist Venerable Bhatsakorn Piyobhaso. He continued, “I sincerely thank the Chairman for educating and training the spirits of young people and women of various backgrounds.”

Iqbal Sakrani, the former secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said, "The Chairman's dedication and efforts (for peace) are so moving." He also praised the WARP Summit.

Ajit Singh, executive director of the World Congress of Faiths, said, “The WARP Summit was an amazing, unforgettable and wonderful experience,” and “It was full of joy only for peace.”

Chairman Lee emphasized that the unity of religions is, above all else, most necessary for peace. He appealed, “There's no doubt that this person (I) is God’s messenger sent to all religious people.” At the same time, he said, “Today's era is one in which Satan will even be seized and imprisoned,” and added, “The world God wants to rule over is a world of peace. A good world will come in the future, and we must become vessels that can welcome this good world.”

University of Oxford, UK, where the ‘2015 Model United Nations Conference’ was held

On November 15, Chairman Lee visited Oxford University, a prestigious and the oldest university in England that has produced numerous Nobel Peace Prize laureates. He was invited as a keynote speaker on peace at the 2015 Model United Nations Conference, which was held with young people representing each university. Chairman Lee delivered a message of peace to an audience of roughly 700 young people from around the world.

Chairman Lee, who took the podium upon the introduction of Kamal Hossain, International Law Peace Commissioner, said, "For peace, we must first enact an International Law on the Cessation of War and all religions must unite in God." Young people representing each university responded with enthusiastic applause to Chairman Lee's sincere appeal to "create a world of peace together."

On November 15, 2015, during the ‘2015 Model United Nations Conference' held at the Oxford University Auditorium, Chairman Lee, who was invited as a keynote speaker, is giving a speech on the theme of peace


1 comment:

  1. This is truly beautiful work. I sincerely hope that the DPCW will be enacted as international law by the United Nations as soon as possible. Kudos to Chairman Lee of HWPL and all HWPL supporters. In the words of Viktor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine, “The DPCW is a perfect and balanced document that can be the basis of solidarity for peacekeeping in all countries of the world. I think all the leaders of the countries should support the DPCW."