Stopping Global Devastation: Chairman of HWPL Delivers Message of Peace to the UN
Chairman Lee calls on youth, women, and religious leaders to give the future direction in establishing peace at the Global Peace Leadership Conference
The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) opened at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. The General Debate of the 70th Session of the UNGA commenced on the 28 September. On the first day of the General Debate, as President Park delivered a keynote speech at the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015, the Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), Mr. Man Hee Lee, also hosted The ‘Global Peace Leadership: Women, Youth, and Interfaith Dialogue.’
The participants were eager to hear about the progressive work of HWPL. Mr. Lee spoke at length regarding the role of the UN and the international community. He reflected upon The World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit in Seoul, South Korea in 2014. It was a summit of an unprecedented scale, where all participants came together and made commitments of peace that laid the foundation for world peace. Notably, thousands showed their determination to achieve world peace by signing the Agreement to Propose the Enactment of International Law for the Cessation of Wars and World Peace and the Unity of Religions Agreement, respectively.
During the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit last week, International law experts pledged to work together for the implementation of an International Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts to bring fruition to the works initiated last year. Twelve specialists were appointed as members of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee. Chairman Man Hee Lee urged international law experts engaged in the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts. It was drafted by members of HWPL Peace Advisory Council. Through discussion and modification by the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, the draft will be revised into a pragmatic international convention. Furthermore, HWPL aims to send the final convention to heads of states for ratification, and undergo the deliberative process of the UN to be fully adopted, implemented, and overseen by the relevant UN bodies.
While in New York, Chairman Lee and Chairwoman Kim of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) addressed the media, women, and youth involvement on the importance of the Implementation of an International Convention on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace. Upon hearing the summation of the event in Seoul, peace conscious journalists, New Yorkers and the UN community were reminded again of the crucial role they play in propagating positive messages and the hope of peace through responsible and accurate reporting.
Following this event, the two global peace leaders met with heads of state and UN officials. They also participated in high-level events as well as met religious leaders from all groups to foster the dialogue that can move the people of all faiths one step closer to peace.
South Korea-based International NGO urges a Forum for Peace Talks in Myanmar
HWPL, an international NGO under the United Nations ECOSOC based in South Korea, issued a statement expressing deep concern about the crisis of human rights arising from the recent military coup and mass protests in Myanmar. They are calling for the international community to join in efforts to support peaceful approach to resolve the current conflict in the country.
On the “HWPL Statement on Human Rights Crisis in Myanmar”, the organization urged the International community to express their support for conflict resolution through the channel of dialogue between the military and civil society activists.
In the statement it said hundreds of deaths and injuries were caused by “the recent efforts of the Myanmar military to suppress nonviolent protests” and highlights that “no conflict of interest can justify violence against civilians, and no interest of any group can prevail over human life.”
HWPL asked all parties in Myanmar to “resolve the crisis through consensus based on mutual respect and understanding” and “engage in dialogue to seek a peaceful resolution.” HWPL also asked people around the world to “to issue statements urging authorities and civilians in Myanmar to pursue dialogue and seek a peaceful solution in order to restore peace to the country.”
“The number of deaths from protests exceeded 200, and more than 2,000 people have been arrested by the military.” Kasauh Mon, CEO of Mon News Agency, a Myanmar-based journalist, said in a statement. “We are very pleased with HWPL and the Korean’s support for our democracy and peace movement. Currently, we are calling on the international community to call for an end against the military regime, in order to stop their brutality against peaceful demonstrators,” he continued.
For the past five years, this international civil society advocacy for peacebuilding led by HWPL has shown support and initiatives at the national and international levels. The organization has collected over 730,000 letters written by citizens in 176 countries to call for development of peace in each country, expressing support and participation by governments and social leaders.
Press-release of the HWPL
The UN Human Rights Council adopted the Resolution on Cooperation with Georgia
On 24 March 2020, the UN Human Rights Council adopted the Resolution on Cooperation with Georgia.
The Resolution was presented by the Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Lasha Darsalia, who spoke about the severe human rights situation in occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) regions.
Notwithstanding the repeated calls by the Human Rights Council and efforts of the High Commissioner, the Russian Federation -continues to prevent the international human rights monitoring mechanisms from entering both Russian-occupied regions of Georgia.
The Deputy Minister referred to the High Commissioner’s reports vividly depicting the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation on the ground, as well as the suffering of the conflict-affected people in both Georgian regions, the flagrant violations of the fundamental rights and the various forms of discrimination based on ethnic grounds, particularly affecting ethnic Georgians in both Georgian regions. The Deputy Minister underscored the negative impact of the closures of crossing points – in some cases imposed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and noted that dozens died since the closure of the occupation line in September 2019 due to the refusing and delaying emergency evacuation.
According to the Deputy Minister, the report emphasizes that no one has been held accountable for the cases of arbitrary deprivation of life of ethnic Georgians that occurred between 2014 and 2019 and the lack of accountability therefore continued to contribute to climate of impunity, which could lead to further tensions and violence in both Georgian regions.
Speaking before the Council, Lasha Darsalia emphasized that the recent decision of the power exercising effective control in Tskhinvali region to prolong the illegal detention of Zaza Gakheladze for more than 12 years is yet another alarming example of manipulation with people’s fates.
Alarmingly, the Russian Federation continues to use the humanitarian and human rights issues for its far-reaching goal to put political pressure on the government of Georgia and further destabilize the situation on the ground.
The above-mentioned once again clearly demonstrates the urgent need of access for the OHCHR and other international human rights monitoring mechanisms to both Georgian regions.
The delegations of the EU, UK, Poland and the Czech Republic made statements in support for Georgia calling on the Council members to vote for the Resolution initiated by Georgia.
In the Resolution adopted on 24 March, the UN Human Rights Council reaffirms its commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders. The UN Human Rights Council recognizes with appreciation the efforts of the Government of Georgia to strengthen democracy, the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights.
The UN Human Rights Council welcomes the cooperation of the Government of Georgia with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as with the special procedures of the Human Rights Council.
The Resolution expresses serious concern over the human rights and humanitarian situation in the occupied regions of Georgia with special emphasis on reported kidnappings, arbitrary detention, interference with property rights, restrictions on access to education in one’s native language, free movement and residence, as well as continued discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin in both regions.
The Resolution expresses serious concern at the continuous process of installation and advancement of barbed wire fences and different artificial barriers along the occupation line in Abkhazia, Georgia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia and adjacent areas, including during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Resolution expresses serious concern that despite the Secretary-General’s appeal for an immediate global ceasefire, the situation of human rights has further deteriorated in both Georgian regions, particularly owing to growing violations and restrictions on humanitarian access,
The Resolution expresses serious concern also at the negative consequences of the prolonged closure of the so-called crossing points and the increasing restrictions on freedom of movement, particularly the denial of medical evacuations by the authorities exercising effective control in both regions, which has contributed to a number of deaths and the further isolation of the regions, thereby aggravating the humanitarian and socioeconomic situation on the ground which has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Resolution expresses serious concern further at the lack of accountability for unlawful killings of ethnic Georgians committed in the period from 2014 to 2019, which continues to contribute to impunity in both Abkhazia, Georgia and the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia.
The Resolution recognizes the importance of the Geneva International Discussions established on the basis of the ceasefire agreement of 12 August 2008 as an instrument for addressing security, stability, human rights and humanitarian issues on the ground.
It needs to be highlighted that the Resolution takes note of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, which holds Russia accountable for the violation of international law norms and fundamental human rights during the August 2008 war, as well as for the occupation of and effective control over the Georgian territories.
The Resolution expresses concern that internally displaced persons and refugees continue to be deprived of the right to return to their homes in a safe and dignified manner.
The document expresses serious concern at the repeated denial of access to international and regional monitors, including the United Nations human rights mechanisms, to both Georgian regions and calls on the authorities exercising effective control in those regions to grant them unimpeded access.
The Resolution requests the High Commissioner to present to the Human Rights Council an oral update and a written report on the follow-up to the present resolution.
MFA of Georgia
The participants of the press-conference titled “Significance of peace and trust in modern world” highlighted the timeliness of holding the Year of Peace and Trust
During today’s press-conference titled “Significance of peace and trust in modern world”, which was held in the MFA of Turkmenistan with the participation of the heads of the authoritative foreign broadcasting organizations, it was highlighted the timeliness of Turkmenistan’s initiative, as well as the Resolution of the UN General Assembly on proclamation of the year of 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust.
The Deputy Chairman of Interstate TV and Radio Broadcasting Company “Mir” B.Kozorezov during his speech stated that international initiatives and undertakings of Turkmenistan are fully targeted to promote global peace and mutual understanding.
Speaking at the press-conference, Programs Director of Turkish TV and Radio Broadcasting Company “TRT World” B.Bayraktar said that the country during the years of its independence achieved huge success in all spheres of national economy, which is confirmed by the development of the infrastructure and industry with high pace.
Director General of the Russian International Network of Information TV Channels “Russia Today” A.Nikolov stated that international initiatives of neutral Turkmenistan aimed at peaceful and trusting coexistence of the countries and peoples of the world, are in tune with the Goals of the Global Agenda.
In his video address, Javad Mottaghi, Secretary General of the Asian-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) underlined the significance of the peacefulness and conflict-free interstate and interpersonal contacts in international relations.
Deputy Direcor of the Directorate of international relations of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company” A.Perevoshchikov stated that Turkmenistan, being the neutral state invariably acts for the strengthening of peace and security on regional as well as on world scale, thereby actually proving the efficiency of the institution of the permanent neutrality.
Within the frame of his statement Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India Shri Shashi Shekhar Vempati underlined that today the notions of peace and trust are important as never before. In this regard the work of media plays considerable role. By means of close cooperation we can convey to the listener the objective information and facilitate the friendly dialogue between the countries and peoples.
During the speech of the Chairman of National Television and Radio Broadcasting Company of Uzbekistan A.Hadjaev, he stated that this event confirms once again aspirations of Turkmenistan to further strengthen peace, stability and security in the region. In this context, the mass media plays important role in building confidence in the society, which is the driving force of the development.
Besides that, in their presentations the Director of Georgian TV channel “TV-24” B.Nachkebia, Director of the international radio programmes of “AZTV” F.Iskenderov, as well as the representatives of the State Information Agency of Azerbaijan “AZERTADJ” S,Ibragimov and Armenia’s Information Agency “ARMENPRESS” A.Djanpoladyan, it was underlined the significance and timeliness of the proclamation by the League of Nations of the “International Year of Peace and Trust”. They expressed especial need of strengthening trust and mutual understanding in international relations for full realization of Sustainable Development Goals and provision of peaceful coexistence of the states and peoples of the world.
The Chairman of the State Information Agency of Turkmenistan M.Gazakbaev, the Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Television, Radiobroadcasting and Cinematography of Turkmenistan A.Kakaev and Editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Turkmen Dunyasi” B.Muradov also underlined the significance of proclamation by the UN General Assembly of 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust. Initiatives of the Leadership of the country are aimed at promotion of global peace, mutual understanding and solidarity, as well as preservation of unity and harmony in the world.
As is known, during Independence years the domestic and foreign policy of Turkmenistan was being developed in accordance with the principles of neutrality, aimed at strengthening of bonds of friendship and peace among the countries and peoples.
Участниками пресс-конференции «Значимость мира и доверия в современном мире» особо отмечена своевременность проведения Года мира и доверия
На сегодняшнем пресс-конференции «Значимость мира и доверия в современном мире», состоявшегося в МИД Туркменистана при участии руководителей авторитетных местных и иностранных телерадиовещательных организаций особо отмечена своевременность инициативы Туркменистана, а также резолюции Генеральной Ассамблеей ООН опровозглашении 2021 года – Международным годом мира и доверия.
Так, в ходе своего выступления В.Кaзaрезов, Заместитель Председателя Межгосударственной телерадиокомпании «Мир» констатировал, что международные инициативы и начинания Туркменистана всецело нацелены на продвижение глобального мира и взаимопонимания.
Выступая на пресс-конференции программный Директор Турецкой телерадиовещательной корпорации «TRT World» Б.Байрактар подчеркнул, что страна за годы своей независимости добилась огромных достижений во всех сферах национальной экономики, что подтверждается развитием инфраструктуры и промышленности высокими темпами.
А.Николов, Генеральный директор Российской международной сети информационных телеканалов «Russia Today» особо отметил, что международные инициативы нейтрального Туркменистана будучи нацеленным на мирное и доверительное сосуществование стран и народов мира, созвучны с Целями Глобальной повестки.
В своем видеообращении Джавад Моттаги, Генеральный секретарь Азиатско-Тихоокеанского вещательного союза (ABU) подчеркнул особую значимость миролюбия и бесконфликтных межгосударственных и межличностных контактов в международных отношениях.
Заместитель директора Дирекции международных отношений Федерального государственного унитарного предприятия «Всероссийская государственная телевизионная и радиовещательная компания» А.Перевощиков констатировал, что Туркменистан будучи нейтральным государством неизменно выступает за укрепление мира и безопасности в региональном и мировом масштабах, тем самым на деле доказывает эффективность института постоянного нейтралитета.
В рамках своего выступления Шаши Шекхар Вемпати, главный исполнительный директор Индийской вещательной компании «Prasar Bharati» подчеркнул, что сегодня понятия мир и доверие важны как никогда раньше. В данном аспекте работа СМИ играет здесь важную роль. Путем тесного сотрудничества мы может доносить объективную информацию до зрителя и тем самым способствовать укреплению дружественного диалога между странами и народами.
В ходе выступления заместителя председателя Национальной телерадиокомпании Узбекистана, Н.Хикматуллаева было отмечено, что данное мероприятие еще раз подтверждает стремления Туркменистана дальнейшему укреплению мира, стабильности и безопасности в регионе. В данном контексте СМИ играет важную роль в укреплении доверия среди общества, являющегося движущей силой развития.
Кроме того, в выступлениях Директора Грузинского телеканала «ТВ-24» Б.Начкебия, директора программ международного радио «Aztv» Ф.Искендерова и представителей Государственного информационного агентства Азербайджана «АЗЕРТАДЖ» С.Ибрагимова, информационного агентства Армении «АРМЕНПРЕСС» А.Джанполадяня подчеркнута значимость и своевременность провозглашения Лигой Наций Международного года мира и доверия. Выражена особая насущность укрепления доверия и взаимопонимания в международных отношениях для полноценной реализации Целей устойчивого развития и обеспечения мирного сосуществования государств и народов мира.
Председатель Государственного информационного агентства Туркменистана М.Газакбаев, заместитель председателя Государственного комитета Туркменистана по телевидению, радиовещанию и кинематографии, А.Какаев и главный редактор газеты «Туркмен дуньяси» Б.Мурадов также особо подчеркнули значимость провозглашения Генеральной Ассамблеей ООН 2021 года – Международным годом мира и доверия. Инициативы руководства страны нацелены на обеспечение мира, взаимопонимания и солидарности, также сохранению единства и гармонии во всем мире.
Как известно, за годы Независимости внутренняя и внешняя политика Туркменистана развивается в соответствии с принципами нейтралитета, нацеленного на упрочение и развитие уз дружбы и мира между странами и народами.
Webinar to Discuss the Implementation of International Law for Peace “Marching on Toward Sustainable Peace in a Pandemic Era”
On March 14, HWPL’s 5th Annual Commemoration of the DPCW was held as a live webinar, joined by over 1,200 people in 132 countries from all sectors of the society including government, international organizations, heads of women and youth groups, religious leaders, press, and members of civic society.
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), organized this year’s commemorative event, “Marching on Toward Sustainable Peace in a Pandemic Era”, as a platform to share direction for the future and case studies of different sectors cooperating across the world as peace messengers, responding to the pandemic and bringing peace in this new socially distanced world.
The host organization, HWPL, is a peace NGO in Special Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC and associated with UN DGC. For the purpose of ceasing all wars and creating a peaceful world as a legacy for future generations, HWPL has been carrying out 3 main peace initiatives - international law for peace, interfaith dialogue meeting, and peace education.
The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) includes principles of peacebuilding such as the prohibition of the use of force, development of friendly relations, and peaceful dispute settlement. It emphasizes international cooperation based on interfaith dialogue and civic participation to create a culture of peace. Since its proclamation on March 14th, 2016, the DPCW-based peacebuilding model went on to receive government recognition and support for inter-religious dialogue, peace education, youth and women’s peace activities.
As a member of the International Law Peace Committee (ILPC) who drafted the DPCW, Professor Ciaran Burke explained the background of how the DPCW was founded on “the conviction that judicial and other dispute resolution measure can replace the role of war with the rule of law.”
He also stressed the kernel of the DPCW by borrowing words from Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL, is that “the envisioned effect of the DPCW is cumulative to scale up the moral and political responsibility of world leaders by crystallizing the legal obligations of their government thereby bridging the gap between law and politics.”
Efforts to institutionalize peace based on the DPCW are underway. Countries in Southeast Asia and Central America have begun to rebuild their national legal infrastructure based on the DPCW, and the local governments are officially declaring their support for the DPCW in order to implement peace principles. In South Asia, the DPCW was introduced into the university curriculum as an academic research course on the role of law for a peaceful society.
According to UNESCO, over 190 countries closed down educational facilities, and over 1.6 billion students lost their opportunity for sustainable education. As a part of the online campaign, “Teaching goes on”, HWPL’s peace education is now taught at 214 locations in 34 countries, providing online peace education for over 5,000 students 224 times in 15 countries.
Stressing the importance of strengthening partnership for sustainable education, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Mali to UNESCO, S.E Monsieur Oumar KEITA, said, “We must unite in a spirit of cooperation to ensure peace at the national and international levels. We must consider the need for a comprehensive legal approach that will lead citizens in their everyday lives, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, or religion. The preamble to DPCW with 10 articles and 38 clauses speaks of that very well.”
Regarding the importance of religion in spreading hope and peace during the pandemic crisis, Allama Syed Abdullah Tariq, President of the World Organisation of Religion & Knowledge, said, “Whenever humanity faces a difficult time era, there has been a religion which gives them hope and courage to overcome crises. Religion has its power to narrow down differences among us and unite us to be strong enough to break through obstacles. Such efforts will fertilize the culture of peace when the current generation is in desperate need for hope.”
Since it began in 2014, HWPL’s interfaith dialogue meeting also known as the WARP Office meeting is now expanded to 129 countries, seeing an increase in online meetings because of the pandemic. The religious communities in the WARP Office meeting also have held several pan-religious prayer meetings, meditation, and peace camps to reach out to people of the world who are facing hardship due to the pandemic.
International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), an affiliate of HWPL, is building a peace network of youth around the world with the Youth Empowerment Peace Workshop (YEPW), which was inspired by the DPCW’s peace realization process, to achieve youth empowerment proposed in the UN SDGs and Youth 2030.
Mr. Reuben Sapetulu, Deputy Secretary Agent for the United Nations Youth Association of Zambia (YUNA Zambia), said, “I participated in the delivery of 3,000 peace letters to the minister of justice in Zambia for the DPCW proposal. My commitments are simply because I agree that the DPCW is an effective way to bring a cessation of war and world peace. The YEPW was also inspired by the DPCW’s peace realization process. Spreading peace culture based on the DPCW is certainly the way to achieve peace. World leaders, please pay attention and support what the DPCW is stating about the peace realization process.”
Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL urged cooperation and unity for achieving peace by saying “No property or anything can become a legacy in the future. We must create a world of freedom, peace, and love without war, and make it an eternal legacy for our descendants. This is what we need to do in this era. Although the process of submitting the DPCW to the UN was paused for a while due to the corona pandemic, as much as this desire to achieve peace, there is no change.”
Department of Public Relations (International)
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, and the Restoration of Light
Online conference dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of Independence of Turkmenistan and the declaration of 2021 as International Year of Peace and Trust was held in Tbilisi
On March 10, 2021, the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held an online conference dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of Independence of Turkmenistan and the declaration of 2021 as International Year of Peace and Trust
The representatives of Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations accredited to Georgia, Ministry Foreign Affairs of Georgia, academia, as well as representatives of Georgian media attended the conference.
It was noted that over the years of sovereign development, under the wise leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the large-scale programmes and socio-economic, scientific and educational, social and political reforms have been successfully implemented to ensure the country's prosperity, for the happiness and well-being of the people.
During the conference, it was emphasized that the fact of the declaration of 2021, in accordance with the UN General Assembly Resolution adopted at the initiative of Turkmenistan, as the International Year of Peace and Trust, clearly confirmed the effective role of the creative foreign policy strategy implemented by Turkmenistan under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in stimulating positive regional and global processes, strengthening a culture of peace and trust for the sake of sustainable development and progress on the planet.
A video on Turkmenistan’s political, economic and cultural achievements was also presented to the conference participants.