Tuesday, May 28, 2024

[HWPL] HWPL's Human Rights Conference in Paris



[HWPL] HWPL's Human Rights Conference in Paris

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 11th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk

HWPL Paris Branch Human Rights Conference: Right to Education for Young People During Wartime

On March 16, 2024, HWPL Paris Branch held a human rights conference at the Paris Anim Center with the theme of, “The Right of Young People to Education during Wartime.” About 120 people and citizens from various sectors attended the event, including the deputy mayor of the 20th district of Paris, the city councilor of Villejouf and Montreuil, and the second councillor of the UNESCO Togo delegation.

The right to receive education is the right of man to form a personality from birth, learn human dignity and value, grow, and be undisturbed as a state power or a third person. The right to education is one of the core rights that constitute human rights because decision, participation and freedom of expression all depend on the education one has received.

Wars and conflicts across the globe prevent children and young people from enjoying their right to education. According to a 2019 report by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 63% of refugee children and young people have completed primary education, 24% have completed secondary education, and only about 3% have access to higher education. Also, due to civil war and terrorism in the African region, girls are mostly directed to work instead of attending educational institutions.

Based on these circumstances, the HWPL Paris Branch held a human rights conference at the Paris Anim Center to promote awareness of the rights of young people during wartime and encourage the participation of citizens.

The event began with congratulatory speeches from the deputy mayor of the 20th district of Paris and two city council members. European Parliament member Salima Yenbu, who couldn’t attend the event, gave congratulatory remarks through video.

A short testimony video from Diana, a Ukrainian youth studying abroad in the Czech Republic, gave the event participants a chance to consider the current circumstances of young people who cannot receive an education due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

During the event, the keynote speakers gave speeches about youth education during wartime. Benjamin Allahamne Minda, a law lecturer, spoke about the ‘Legal Measure to Protect the Right of Education.’ Aminata N’diaye, head of the So Park organization, spoke about the ‘Various Duties of a State to Guarantee the Right of Education.’ Lastly, Rouguiatou N’N’diaye, head of the organization Education for All, spoke about ‘Good Practices for Providing Education to Young People Who Experience War.’

During the Q&A session, participants had time to ask questions and consider how to raise awareness about the importance of education.

After the event, the deputy mayor of Paris’s 20th district said, “I liked the overall content of the conference and hope to cooperate with HWPL.” Guillaume Du Souich, a city councilor of Villejuif, also expressed his support, saying, “I have a strong desire to contribute to peace through art, but I think it would be good to work with an organization that has the power to gather citizens like HWPL.”

Based on the interest and support of the conference attendees, the HWPL Paris Branch plans to continue to regularly host human rights conferences and peace exhibitions in order to spread a culture of peace in their region.

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