Tuesday, October 31, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL Hosts Peace Exhibition



[HWPL] HWPL Hosts Peace Exhibition

Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article from HWPL official homepage regarding HWPL's peace exhibition under the title of 'War and Human Rights' :)

‘War and Human Rights’ Exhibition & Conference

From June 24th to July 15th, a three-week exhibition was held at the Rosa Parks Social and Cultural Center in Paris, France, under the theme of ‘War and Human Rights.’ Additionally, on the opening day of the exhibition, which was the 24th of June, a human rights conference titled ‘Peace through Law: How Can Peace be Institutionalized?’ was conducted.

This exhibition and conference were co-organized and hosted by the Generation Digital and Design group. Around 60 attendees participated in the conference, and the exhibition which lasted for approximately 22 days until July 15th attracted many citizens who came to view the artwork.

 This exhibition was designed to raise awareness among citizens about the impact of war on human rights and the significance of legal frameworks for establishing peace. Furthermore, the exhibition aimed to highlight avenues for institutionalizing peace and stressed the crucial role of citizen engagement in achieving this goal.

The content of the exhibition was divided into two main parts. Part 1 focused on the theme “The Past and Present of War,” shedding light on major wars that have led to human rights violations and particularly exploring the consequences of these conflicts. Part 2 examined post-war peace-related legal institutions and civil society activities, emphasizing the importance of citizen participation in safeguarding human rights and promoting peace. The exhibition also conveyed hopeful messages towards global peace through artwork created by artists and children from various countries, including Ukraine.

Cathia Dirath, the Founder of Generation Digital and Design, who collaborated in planning the exhibition and conference from the beginning stages with HWPL France branch, stated, ” The entire process of preparing the exhibition with HWPL France branch has been an opportunity to talk about peace, humanity, and working together. It was an experience that undoubtedly enriched us. It’s very important to deal with this topic and you have this great tool that is the ‘Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War’ and this declaration should be more promoted.”

Martine Le Quentrec, President of Mondial Montmartre, remarked, “It was a great idea to cover such an important theme through this exhibition. I attended with my friend from Ukraine, who was equally moved by the exhibition. The paintings created by children, depicting the essence of peace, were especially beautiful.”

Human Rights Conference

At the human rights conference, various presentations were held under the theme of “Peace through Law: How Can Peace be Institutionalized?”. The topics of the conference are as follows: efforts to establish a peaceful world by addressing the history of international law and resolving conflicts, the significance of customary gatherings as a form of social cohesion in Africa, and the importance of achieving global peace.

Mohamed Taki Madi, Professor of Public Law at the University of Angers, stated, “International law is made by countries so they should respect it. If countries respected the international law there will be no issue. The issue with international law is not because of its contents but implementation of it. As you we [sic] all know, Russia is one of the five permanent member states of the UN, yet it started a war with Ukraine. This shows the vital role of civil society. Civil society must hold the power to influence political decisions.” He emphasized the importance of the role of civil society in resolving conflicts and constructing a peaceful world.

HWPL France branch plans to continue its efforts in promoting peace culture and advancing human rights by organizing human rights conferences and exhibitions in the second half of 2023.

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