Thursday, January 11, 2024

[HWPL] HWPL's Online Seminar for Human Rights and Stopping War



[HWPL] HWPL's Online Seminar for Human Rights and Stopping War

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 online seminar for human rights and prevention of international conflicts.

Discussion on Human Rights and International Conflict


With the Israel-Hamas war still on-going, a small-scale webinar on the discussion about international conflicts and the necessity for the protection of civil human rights under the situation of war was held on November 26th. Participants from West Africa, including Sierra Leone and Gambia; and Asia, including Sri Lanka, were present at the online seminar to discuss a variety of topics related to conflicts among nations.

Mr. Hamiru Harry Massaquoi, Technical Assistant to the Office of the President in Sierra Leone, explained that Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa are in territorial conflict and the two are making an effort for the conflict to be settled without the use of force. He stated, “Sierra Leone and Guinea, we have a land border dispute, but we have never gone to war because of that. We believe it is our land, but Guineans are also occupying it. We have never gone to war because of that. Certainly it’s because Sierra Leone and Guinea are poor countries, and the bigger countries like to show their might through warfare. That’s the honest truth.”

Expressing pity for the basic human rights being violated in the Israel-Hamas War, he added, “I think the current situation in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and the Israelis grossly violated almost all the rights that we’ve just mentioned; the civilian rights, particularly those of children and women, have been grossly violated. It’s like at some point, I feel like none of the international laws on human rights have been observed.”

“We have seen how almost all the hospitals in Gaza have been, in one way or the other, destroyed. No electricity, no water supply. People have been starving. The ceasefires are not sufficient because it’s like temporal [sic] measures. So the permanent measure is for the international body to come together and make peace between these two countries in order for them to live amicably. The world is meant to be peaceful. If there is distress or war in any part of the world, it will affect others, either directly or indirectly” said Mr. Ousman Gaku, President of Federation of Gambia Muslim Youths (FEGAMY).

The Hon. Neil Iddawala, judge of the Court of Appeal in Sri Lanka, stressed, “Let us remember that humanity is not solely defined by its moments of darkness but also by its enduring capacity to seek justice, peace, and empathy. By speaking out against these heinous acts and actively working to prevent them, we take a small but significant step towards reclaiming the dignity and moral character of our species.”

Furthermore, it was emphasized at the seminar that a stronger international law and institutional strategy such as the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) is necessary to prevent international conflicts such as the Israel-Hamas war.

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