Thursday, November 9, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL's Peace Work in Colombia



[HWPL] HWPL's Peace Work in Colombia

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 work in Colombia :)

Discuss Peace Work in Medellin, Colombia

On August 7th-9th, 2023, the HWPL delegation from the Los Angeles branch attended the “She Is” Conference in Medellin, Colombia, and met with government personnel and peace advocacy, to successfully obtain DPCW signed support letters.

Among the personnel in attendance were Yazmín Colón de Cortizo, First Lady of Panama, Claudia Cabrera Tarazona, Former Mayor of Columbia Policarpa, Dr. Ruth Mitchell of ICAN, winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, Diana Osorio, Head of Social Management Department of Medellin, Colombia and Dr. Johana Bermudez, Honduras Congresswoman.

From left to right: Christian Henao Head of the Secretariat of Non-Violence of the City of Medellin, Colombia; Dr. Ruth Mitchell of ICAN who’s the Winner of 2017 Nobel Peace Prize; and Dr. Johana Bermudez, Honduras Congresswoman, signed their support for the DPCW.

The HWPL delegates discussed with the personnel the importance of partnering with HWPL to establish solutions for peace in Colombia, especially considering the long-standing conflicts between the government and guerilla groups and the need to instill the values of peace in the future generation.

Since 1964, Colombia’s government and guerilla groups have fought for influence, which has resulted in 220,000 deaths, and more than 5 million civilians forced out of their home due to this conflict.

The personnel expressed their support for HWPL through a discussion to implement peace education, encouraging networking with other political officials, and promising to write letters of support for the DPCW.

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