Northeast Asian Leaders to Cooperate for Alliance of Religions and Peace

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:46

A Korea- China- Japan Trilateral Religious Leaders’ Peace Conference was held in Gyeonggi, Korea on June 27 with the goal of putting religious boundaries aside to achieve peace together. Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international non-governmental organization for peace, invited 120 Northeast Asian religious leaders for this interfaith peace talk.
Leaders representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Cheondoism, Taoism, and Confucianism to discuss the roles of spiritual leaders and the concept of peace based on each respective religious texts. These discussions led to stimulating debate and mutual understanding among different faiths.
Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL awakened the duties of religious leaders of today. “Religious leaders have a crucial role in constantly studying and determining which religious scripture is the most believable to achieve peace. Leaders are responsible for their congregations to know that that differences in religions must not hinder the progress of peace and harmony in the interfaith world because conflict is not the will of the Creator nor that of any divine beings.” He continued, “I hope we, leaders of religions in Northeast Asia, will establish a path to peaceful coexistence.”
Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) said, “The religious world is imperative for it directly deals with the salvation of humanity. I believe every leader present today has a greater sense of duty to understand each other’s religious teachings to achieve alliance of religions and for peace.”
The background of this peace conference is HWPL’s World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office Meetings, a series of the worldwide interfaith peace dialogue solely based on scriptures aimed at establishing alliance of religions and preventing causes of conflicts which involves religious misunderstandings. Currently, 172 WARP Office Meetings are actively being held in 85 countries.
Ba Ding Duo Jie, Buddhist Abbot of the Shiva Temple, a member of the WARP Office in China said, “We need to think about how to bring unification among ourselves. Through participating HWPL’s WARP Office Meetings, I realized that the lack of communication among religious leaders was the reason why conflicts arise. I have witnessed that leaders, who have different backgrounds and knowledge, could be united under peace through the peace dialogue.”
“Through this kind of platform for all religions to meet together and reflect on the roles and history of religions, we are able to realize the cessation of war which intertwines the preservation of the lives of humanity. If it were only voices demanding for peace in the past, now it is a time to bring actions to those voices. HWPL is working for a great cause for mankind through this innovative approach to peace,” stated JeongSeok Lee, Teacher of Myeongnyun Institutes.
The Korea-China-Japan Trilateral Religious Leaders’ Peace Conference sought for constructive dialogue among leaders of religions to better understand the principles of religious teachings based on mutual respect and recognition of differences, thus contributing to an atmosphere of peace in the Northeast Asia region

HWPL Holds Conference on the International Convention on the Cessation of War

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Sunday, 20 September 2015 23:27

On the second day of the 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) held 2015 HWPL International Conference: Presentation of the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts. At the conference held in the main auditorium of Yongin Elysian Learning Center, HWPL presented the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts.
This convention is a product of cooperation among international law experts from various countries, which began since the signing of the Agreement to Propose the Enactment of International Law for the Cessation of Wars and World Peace at the 2014 WARP Summit. The convention stresses the need to strengthen the provisions for renouncing war and other international armed conflicts and further calls on states to abide by those provisions. This project began with the intent to settle armed conflicts only by peaceful means. The convention, upon its presentation at the conference, garnered support from not only legal professionals but also youth, women, and journalists who were in attendance.
Chairman Lee of HWPL addressed, “We have greeted a new era and everyone here are the leading characters in opening the new era,” emphasizing that the Implementation of an International Convention on the Cessation of War is a brilliant work in the history of the achievement of the cessation of war and world peace and will be remembered for eternity. Chairwoman Kim of the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) stated at the conference, “the 1st Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit is the platform provided for the implementation of the international convention which is the core business of HWPL” and added that the presentation of the first draft of the convention is an unprecedented work that drew a stroke in the history of peace.
Dr. Fathi Kemicha delivered a keynote speech. “The Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts will bring us closer to a more peaceful and prosperous world. The collective might of the people here, of the women and youths that HWPL represents, could be what is needed to bring about such change.…HWPL has an important role to play in developing and implementing a legal framework that protect women and children and which create a more just and peaceful world. When one imagines a world in which states have ratified this convention, one cannot help but be filled with hope.”
The conference was attended by over 300 people including international law experts as well as political, youth, women, and religious leaders from around the world. Among the attendees were Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, the chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, who signed a peace agreement with the Philippine government, and Dr. Fathi Kemicha, former member of the UN International Law Commission. Also, former and current heads of state and many UN officials joined them in the work for peace.
Dr. Kamal Hossain, the vice-chair of the International Law Association, who also signed the peace agreement at the 2014 WARP Summit, conveyed his congratulatory message to Mr. Man Hee Lee and everyone who attended the 1st Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit. Dr. Hossain said, “We must make our children and our grandchildren free from the scourge of war,” emphasizing the importance of the international convention on the cessation of war and achievement of world peace. “I would appeal,” he added, “particular to youth and women that we must go back to our countries and continue with the same commitment that you have shown.”  
After the conference, a panel discussion on the Convention on the Renunciation and Cessation of War and International Armed Conflicts took place at 1 pm. During the discussion, a panel of eleven world-renowned international law experts presented their views on the convention. After the panel discussion on the convention, HWPL appointed the eleven world-renowned scholars of international law as members of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee. The members of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee will return to their respective countries and continue with the work of developing the convention.
World’s youth and women organizations support the international convention on the cessation of war
On the 19th, members of the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) were in the audience of the conference and panel discussion on the international convention. On the previous day, members of the IPYG and IWPG signed the statement to urge for the implementation of an International Convention on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace. This convention, drafted by the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, addresses the tragedy of lives lost in the midst of wars and conflicts and further states that the majority of those affected are the youth and women. Moreover, it emphasizes the role of the youth and women in achieving peace.
Mr. Man Hee Lee, the chairman of HWPL, and Ms. Nam Hee Kim, the chairwoman of the IWPG (an affiliate organization of HWPL), stressed that drawing up provisions that prohibit the use of armed force in any circumstances is fundamental to achieving world peace. Through his worldwide peace movement, Mr. Lee is calling on people all over the world to transcend all borders and join the efforts for the implementation of the international convention on the cessation of war. As a result, legal professionals, politicians, and religious leaders around the world are joining the cause. The 1st Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit showed the efforts and achievements made to leave a world of peace to the future generations through the international convention on the cessation of war.  

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