Tuesday, April 9, 2024

[HWPL] HWPL's Peace Village in Cote d'Ivore!



[HWPL] HWPL's Peace Village in Cote d'Ivore!

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 regarding HWPL's peace event in Cote d'Ivore :)

HWPL Hosts “Peace Village” Event in Simonkro, Cote d’Ivoire

On January 31, 2024, HWPL hosted a “Peace Village” event in Cote d’Ivoire in a village called Simonkro. The event had more than 500 participants, including the village chief and representatives from different ethnic, religious, youth and women organizations.

The “Peace Village” event in Côte d’Ivoire is the first of its kind. The gathering was organized to address inter-ethnic conflicts within Côte d’Ivoire and promote peace and reconciliation.

In Côte d’Ivoire, three civil wars have resulted in numerous casualties. Deep wounds caused by conflicts perpetuating implicit inter-ethnic tensions have taken years to heal. Political conflicts have also been severe, often leading to violence and even bloodshed, particularly during election seasons and national events.

When it was decided that the 2024 African Cup would be hosted by Côte d’Ivoire, citizens were apprehensive about potential inter-ethnic conflicts taking place during the event. In response to these concerns, HWPL collaborated with the city of Yamoussoukro, the political capital in Côte d’Ivoire that had already signed an MOU with the organization. Together, they organized the “Peace Village” event in Simonkro, a neighboring village.

During the event, HWPL provided a platform for identifying and seeking solutions to the causes of conflicts occurring within the village. Over a two-week period, citizens from various sectors, including ethnic, youth, and women organizations, held four meetings. Participants actively engaged in discussions, and the majority expressed their desire to host the “Peace Village” event regularly.

“Such [an] event as the “Peace Village” should continue to be organized in Simonkro where many citizens participate and unite voluntarily,” said Nanan Behibro N’Goran, the village chief of Simonkro. He added, “I will do my best to support the work of HWPL in our village for further peace activities.”

News of the HWPL “Peace Village” event spread to surrounding areas and villages in just a few days. Currently, HWPL is receiving requests from various regions for its peace activities to be conducted in other areas. HWPL plans to proceed with organizing activities by focusing on cities and villages where inter-ethnic conflicts are most severe.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your beautiful work.

    I sincerely hope the required number of signatures in support of the DPCW can be gathered and submitted to the UN as soon as possible for ratification as international peace law. Any member state heads who oppose it only expose to their people their desire for war.

    I am encouraged by the words of Viktor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine, who recently said the following:-
    “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."