The President of Turkmenistan made a video statement at the International Forum for Northern Economic CooperationFriday, 30 October 2020 19:22
On October 30, 2020, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov made a video statement at the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation which took place in Seoul in the format of a videoconference.
The heads of states, renown political figures, representatives of academic circles, leadership of ministries and departments of trade-economic, healthcare, education, communication and high-tech sectors, representatives of non-governmental organizations and private sectors of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea and other countries participated to the Forum in remote mode.
During his video address to the participants of the Forum, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized that considers the given event as a well-timed initiative aimed at long-term development of international economic, trade and investment cooperation in Eurasia.
The head of state shared his vision on the creation of new plans and strategies for comprehensive development on the Eurasian space and added that “in Turkmenistan we call it the revival of the Great Silk Road, thus emphasizing the historical continuity of the unique nature of relations between the nations living here and the states located alongside”. It was underlined that the given format is intended to contribute to the geo-economic processes along the routes of East-West and South-North.
During his address, the President of Turkmenistan especially underlined the importance of diversification of cooperation on the regional and worldwide scales. He told about the efficiency of Turkmen-Korean relations, gave examples of a number of joint projects in the oil and gas, as well as gas chemical industries with active participation of the Korean companies.
Amongst the main topics of discussion on the Forum were the changes originated from the coronavirus pandemic and further promotion of North economic cooperation. In this regard, it is vital to note that under the leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Turkmenistan stands for the constructive international cooperation and calls for the application of scientific diplomacy tools for strengthening the collaboration in the area of healthcare and scientific research between the countries of the world.
NGOs in the UN and Religious Leaders Demand Correction on Repression and Violation of Human Rights against ReligionWednesday, 15 July 2020 10:50
NGOs in association with the United Nations and religious communities in the globe are raising their voices on the need to correct inappropriate persecution and human rights violation against a religious group in South Korea named Shincheonji Church of Jesus.
11 NGOs including European Coordination of Associations and Individuals for Freedom of Conscience (CAP-LC) submitted a report for “annual report for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights” to the UN Secretary General at the 44th session in the UN Assembly Human Rights Council. The report is titled “scapegoating members of Shincheonji for COVID-19 in the Republic of Korea.”
By referring to the report from United States of America Commission of International Religious Freedom, the report to the UN said, “Shincheonji was suffering harassment from the South Korean government and society. Although some government measures appeared to be driven by legitimate public health concerns, others appeared to exaggerate the church’s role in the outbreak.”
“The government of Seoul locked down Shincheonji churches in the capital, and some mainline Protestant groups have accused the church of deliberately spreading the disease,” it continued.
The report stated, “The virus cannot be an excuse to violate human rights and religious liberty of hundreds of thousands of believers. Intolerance, violence, and discrimination against Shincheonji should be put to an end.”
Religious communities initiated to issue statements to advocate improvements in the unequal treatment against Shincheonji.
"The news of Chairman Lee and Shincheonji are being singled out and blamed for COVID-19 spread and sued is deeply concerning to all faith leaders who valued freedom of religion and the protection of human rights. This adverse action shall have chilling repercussions through the religious world," said Mr. Sheikh Musa Drammeh, Chairman of Islamic Cultural Center of North America.
And Swami Vedanand Saraswati, a Hindu Spiritual Leader based in Durban stressed the tolerance and harmony. “As members of the HWPL, our primary goal is unity, equality, respect and tolerance. Only together can we overcome the enormous challenges we face. United we stand, divided we shall fall. Let us unite and support each other and stop these unwarranted attempts to tarnish pure intentions and righteous actions.”
Recently, Chairman Lee of Shincheonji Church of Jesus encouraged the members who recovered from the COVID-19 to voluntarily join in donation of plasma. Around 4,000 recovered members said they are willing to donate plasma for research on a new treatment.
He said that there has been political motives in persecution of Shincheonji Church of Jesus and HWPL (a peace NGO) by “using us (Shincheonji), the victims of COVID-19, as their scapegoat in order to hide their own faults.” He added, “Persecuting peace organizations, religious organizations, and violating human rights must be stopped in Korea.”
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The Georgia-Korea Friendship Group headed by Shota Khabareli is to serve the working visit to Seoul on September 10 to meet with the Korean legislative and executive authorities within the 3-day visit.
The meetings will be held with the Vice Speaker of Korean National Assembly, Head of Korea-Georgia Friendship Group, as well as the Chair of the Foreign Relations and Union Affairs Committee, First Deputy Chair of the Infrastructure and Transport Committee and the Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs.
Georgian MPs will visit the joint security area in the demilitarized zone – Truce Village Panmunjom and the Exhibition Technological Center of Samsung Company.
The Delegation is composed of Friendship Group members: Vice Speaker, Zviad Dzidziguri and MP, Endzela Machavariani.
On September 19th, marking the last day of its three-day journey to peace during the 2 nd Annual Commemoration of the September 18 th WARP Summit, the “Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War” was held by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) in Seoul, South Korea.
Approximately 1,000 guests from 130 countries, consisting of not only State leaders, such as former presidents and prime ministers as well as current ministers, but also experts in the field of international law, UN officials, religious leaders and international press members, took part in the conference. During his keynote speech, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee proclaimed, “The Declaration that we drafted is a new legal framework that can bring about the cessation of war and world peace. Prime ministers and chief justices together with the National Assembly of each nation must acknowledge the value and principles of the DPCW and propel and support the development process of the DPCW. If we do it, it is possible. If we don’t do it, it won’t happen,” repeatedly reminding all the people in governmental affairs and legal experts of the significance of the legislation of the law for peace.
IWPG Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim said, “We ask the chiefs of state, judges and the United Nations to work together for advocacy of the international law for cessation of war. Also, we ask ministers of states to give the message of peace and work with governments to advocate and implement the international law. People from all walks of life are working for peace; organizations and schools are providing peace education and women and youth are taking the lead in protecting themselves. When the public voice in advocacy of the adoption of the international law becomes greater, the power of peace transcending national interest will also be greater. Your actions today will be an exemplary model of respect for future generations and become the everlasting light recorded in heaven.”
Speakers representing various sectors of the audience, such as governments, civil organizations, youth, women and religions, presented their roles as well as concrete action plans to develop the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) and implement it as an enforceable law. It provided a platform for participants to reaffirm their responsibilities to advocate for the DPCW, thus bringing about peace and cessation of war.
Seyed Reza Hosseini Nassab (Grand Ayatollah of Canada) “The world with peace is the paradise, and with war is the Hell. The foundation of peace shall be built on the important principles, such as: education, tolerance, mercy, equality, morality, religious freedom and justice. To reach this heavenly goal, we need an enforceable law, such as the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, which shall be approved and supported by all religious leaders in the world”
H.E. Karim Khalili, Senior Deputy of Afghanistan High Peace Council and Former Vice President said, ”It is obvious that achieving sustainable peace is not an easy and simple task. We have to go through several political, legal, cultural, economic, managerial, psychological, religious aspects, at national and international levels so that we achieve this human idea and wish. Procedures among world nations for achieving peace that have been experienced can help us in this regard. “Declaration of peace and ending war” that has been prepared by HWPL, is considered one of the efficient, useful and valuable procedures for achieving peace and ending war.
Prof. Carlos Villán Durán, President of The Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law emphasized the collaboration and participation of civic society and governmental organizations to develop the Declaration into a legally binding document. He said, “The DPCW provides positive elements to foster the dialogue and reconciliation among religions.” He then added, “We have also learnt that international law and multilateral institutions must be more efficient to peacefully settling conflicts and to better address legitimate demands for justice and the right of peoples to self-determination”
On the 17 th , experts in the fields of politics, religions, law and civil society, according to their sectors, participated in sessions, a total of 8 different forums, and proceeded to discuss practical approaches to implement the international law compatible with the DPCW proclaimed on March 14 th . They arrived at efficient means to support the document utilizing various methods.
On the 18 th , the outdoor event at Jamsil Olympic Main Stadium deeply touched all in attendance through the entrance ceremony, which colorfully portrayed diverse and traditional cultures of Korea and the world, and the card section performance ‘War and Peace’, performed by 11,440 youths. This outdoor peace event demonstrated to the world the exemplary culture of peace and presented opportunities to experience such culture. The ‘Conference for the Implementation of Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War’ walked through the overall progress made during the 2 nd Annual Commemoration of the September 18 th WARP Summit. Everything drawn from each session is expected to yield a practical result through international peace networks and support formed during the Summit.
People from all levels of society were gathered together at the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the September 18th World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea for the advocacy and development of peace into an enforceable, international legal foundation based on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) proclaimed on March 14th of this year.
1,000 renowned leaders in every corner of the globe, as participants from 130 countries, take part in the summit, organized by Heavenly Culture, World Peace; Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international NGO registered in the UN DPI that conducts peace-related projects and campaigns globally. The summit begins with the Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War on September 17th.
1) Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War - Plan of action for advocacy to intergovernmental organizations, governments, and the public 200 people, including members of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, ministers, representatives of organizations and civil society, attended this forum. In his opening speech, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL underlined global cooperation by stating, “For the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, we’ve come together. All family members of peace who have a strong will for peace must gather our hearts and communicate with each other for peace to be settled one day sooner, for it is what all humanity has been longing for. Religious leaders have put forth their efforts for the improvement of the unity of religions at the WARP Office meetings and advocate for the DPCW as well. Just as a leader must lead his or her followers, they are striving to make a better world at the forefront.”
Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim of the International Women’s Peace Group also appealed to the participants by saying, “War only gives birth to another war, leaving fear and sacrifices to our future generations. We must achieve our purpose, the advocacy for this Declaration, to not repeat the atrocities of war for the next generation. When the public’s awareness of this issue increases, the powerful strength of peace in the world will arise, transcending national interests. All heads of state, justices, and UN representatives must work at the forefront to advocate for the implementation of international law compatible with the DPCW.” Part I commenced with "the Potentiality of the DPCW and the Possibility of its Implementation", presented by Dr. Kamal Hossain, a member of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee and Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Panel discussions ensued with concentration on the roles of different levels of society and plans of action for the advocacy of the DPCW to be developed into an international legal foundation for peace-building.
Part II opened with the speech regarding "Strategies for Advocacy to Governments at City Level" given by Mr. Mihail Guzun, Councilor of Codru City Council, Republic of Moldova. Ms. Paula Boland, Executive Director of United Nations Association said, “NGOs are well equipped to educate and advocate for the principles of the DPCW and its adoption by member states through creating alternative venues for states themselves to engage in collective action and for individuals to join with other like-minded individuals in pursuit of their goals.”
9 panels of the forum, consisting of leaders from civil society, further discussed plans for legislation and policy making for peace-building based on the DPCW while reflecting on the environment of each nation.
2) The 4th HWPL International Law Peace Committee Meeting - High Level Meeting for the Development and Adoption of the DPCW (Group I, II, III) Beginning with an introduction of the DPCW by Dr. MD Nazrul Islam, a member of the HWPL International Law Peace Committee and professor of international law, the meeting sought the capability of advocacy from civil society organizations through the "Role of States in the Adoption of the CSO Declaration by the UN" presented by Mr. Carlos Villan Duran, President of the Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law (SSIHRL).
Panels, as well as the audience, paid special attention to the speeches, and meetings with foreign ministers and education specialists in Groups II and III also discussed development plans for the establishment of peace in society with the help of governmental, intergovernmental and civil society organizations.
3) International Religious Leaders Conference 200 religious leaders from different religions, such as Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity, were gathered in one place. Also, the Most Rev. Martin de Jesús de Barahona, Archbishop Emeritus of the El Salvador Anglican Church, said, “We don't just merely continue the dialogue but amplify the Office of Alliance of Religions for peace to other communities in order to continue promoting, carrying out experiences of dialogue and inviting other sectors of the national community for the day of promise of fulfilling the peace agreement & quot;
After the press conference, reporters, editors, correspondents and presidents of media agencies from 20 different countries participated in the "Media Forum for Advocacy of the DPCW". With this, Day 1 of the summit was completed and the "Peace Festival for the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit" will be held on Day 2.
Seoul, South Korea- On the 18th, at Seoul Jamsil Olympics Stadium, the Peace Festival for the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit -- hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee), the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG, Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim) and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG, Director Du Hyen Kim) – was opened. About 1,000 former president, international law experts, current nation’s ministers, religious leaders, 100 international media, youth and women's group leaders from 130 countries filled the stadium to the brim with 100,000 participants in an effort to advocate for the cessation of war and world peace.
The parade, reminiscent of the Rio Olympics Closing Ceremony, proceeded with various themes, countries' national flowers, world traditional dances, royal procession, language masks, etc. Each performer dressed in a variety of costumes and colors according to their theme, and performed various acts like going around the tracks, while the spectators stood up from their seats and danced.
In his commemorative address, Chairman Lee of HWPL said, “Here today at the Peace Festival for the 2 nd Annual Commemoration of the WARP Summit, the spirits of heaven and people of the earth are gathered, as well as the eyes, ears, and hearts of the global community. Let us urge them (heads of state and religious leaders) to sign their support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and let us sign our support as well.
This is the way to love the world and all the people, like the light, rain, and air of the heavens. This is true politics and true religion; this is true love and peace.” IWPG Chairwoman Kim said, "To speed up the advancement towards an era of peace, I propose a code of conduct to the global community. First, heads of state around the world should become one for peace and support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. Second, all the religions of the world should transcend denominations and doctrines to become one for peace. Third, all women and youth of the world should join the IWPG and IPYG in promoting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and urging support for the Declaration. Fourth, peace education should be implemented throughout the world," urging the involvement of all people.
The highlight of the event was the card section performance by 11,440 IPYG youth members. Their performance was the outcome of roughly 5 months of sweat-stained efforts in scorching weather combined with a genuine longing for peace that resulted in all the spectators being moved to tears.
One of the youth volunteers of the card sections, Min Ji Song, said, "Many of the card section participant were able to be gathered by their efforts for achieving peace. I hope this kind of heart can become a seen planted in the hearts of people and inspire a sincerity for pace.” She said she wants to give hope to all the people in the world who have suffered from wars and conflicts.
The performance was split into 3 scenes: the history and pain of world wars I and II, the peace activities of HWPL for the cessation of war, and the peaceful unification of the two Koreas, all seeking for peace. The IPYG card section, even from an artistic perspective, received much interest and became a trademark of the WARP Summit.
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) is hosting its “2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit” from September 17th through 19th. At the 2nd Annual Commemoration, many of the world’s political and religious leaders, as well as women and youth leaders, will gather.
The participants will include over 1,000 figures from different fields in 120 countries around the world, including figures such as: the former President of Croatia, Ivo Josipović; the Minister of Justice of Sri Lanka, WijeyadasaRajapakshe; President of the Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law, Carlos Villan Duran; the Youth Representative of The United Nations Association of New York, Juan Pablo Celis Garcia; along with various ministers, chief justices, high level government officials, and former presidents. During the event, participants will partake in various meetings, mentioned above, for the implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
The meetings that will be held on the 17th and 19th in Seoul will cover important topics such as the role of the legal system to resolve religious conflicts, and the current role of the International Court of Justice of the United Nations in resolving armed conflicts. The meetings will consist of: Advocacy Forum for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, Media Forum for Advocacy of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, the 4th HWPL International Law Peace Committee Meeting, International Religious Leaders Conference, Conference for the Implementation of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, and the 2016 IWPG Network Forum.
On the 18th, there will be an outdoor event at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. This event will mark its beginning with a parade, bringing in participants from around the world. The parade will be followed by a synchronized card performance by 12,000 members of the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) with the theme of world peace and cessation of war.
HWPL has been advancing its goal of peace first through the 2014 WARP Summit, in which HWPL gathered world leaders and they together signed the Agreement to Propose the Enactment of International Law for the Cessation of Wars and World Peace. In September of 2015, HWPL launched the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, which consists of prominent international law scholars, professors, and chief justices to draft the Declaration to be later developed into a legally binding document. In the following March of 2016, HWPL proclaimed the DPCW along with international law experts from various countries in order to appeal to all nations.
Following the Declaration, the “Legislate Peace” Campaign (a global advocacy movement aimed at establishing international law consistent with the DPCW) has been conducted worldwide. Since its beginning in March, 535,493 people from 167 different countries have signed their support for the DPCW.
All this continuous effort is being supported by international press, such as the public broadcasts of the Philippines (PTV), “As a reporter, the pushing of the international law is really aggressive step in a request for Peace. It will be the best gift for humanity..”said reporter Elizabeth Kachin.
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light Peace Forum: “Humanity on the Crossroads of Conflict and Peace, Which Way Should We Choose?”Friday, 19 February 2016 19:41
Amid rising concerns of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula from the recent nuclear tests and satellite launch by North Korea, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) hosted a peace forum on February 19 at the Grand Ballroom in Coex Hall, Seoul. The theme of the forum was “Humanity on the Crossroads of Conflict and Peace, Which Way Should We Choose?”
Attended by over 1,800 renowned figures from all sectors of the society – political and religious leaders, NGO representatives, and journalists- across 13 countries, the HWPL peace forum served as a platform to gather the hearts of leaders and civilians to join in HWPL’s work of peace and deliver the message for promoting peace in the hopes of bringing peace on the Korean peninsula and beyond. The participants pledged to take actions and collaborate on peace promoting activities.
Mr. Keun Park, a former Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations and Monk Mujin of Hwang-Ryeun Buddhist temple delivered congratulatory speeches.
“Heavenly culture is what is provided to humanity without cost just as the light, rain, and air. Today, this remarkable forum with the purpose of achieving world peace through heavenly culture offers a historical moment to awaken the urgency of the unification of the only divided nation in the world,” said Mr. Keun Park.
Soon-Hwee Jang, Doctorate in Politics and Director of the Korean Institute of Cultural Security, Young-Sook Kang, Vice President of the National Unification Advisory Council, and Ki-Chul Lee, Doctorate in Theology at International Christian Mission Council spoke on the topic of “Humanity on the crossroads of conflict and peace, which way should we choose?”
“Political leaders of major countries proclaim peace and peaceful resolution at any chance, however, in reality, we find ironies at the lack of any instrument or tool being implemented to support their proclamation. In this world of despair, it is the hope for humanity that one person makes a tireless effort to create peace by reviving the spirit and culture of peace. Through the Mindanao Peace Agreement and the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace activities, HWPL Chairman Lee has brought hope that peace can be realized,” said Mr. Jang.
In his keynote speech, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee said, “In the crossroads of conflict and peace, in order to cease conflicts, a law is needed. A law for humanity, the one that disposes of all means that initiate war and armed conflicts must be proposed to be implemented. HWPL is currently undertaking an international law initiative which signifies the big leap towards transforming armed weapons into daily instruments and resolving religious conflicts.”
IWPG Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim added, “Women leaders and students throughout the world are uniting their efforts to urge for this international law to become effectively implemented. We have come to a point of time when youth can freely pursue their dreams and their passion and efforts for peace can be guaranteed and recognized.”
At the HWPL Forum, a total of 18 HWPL Publicity Ambassadors were appointed including Peter Kim, the head of the International Medical Volunteer Organization (UN registered). In addition, 20 HWPL Publicity Ambassadors and 7 IWPG Publicity Ambassadors from mainland China were appointed.
At the closing ceremony of the event, about 1,000 leading figures signed the World Peace Agreement to urge for the implementation of the International Law on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace. Each of them pledged on behalf of his/her people and nation, to do their best in their endeavor for the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace.
At the lobby of Grand Ballroom, Cheon-ji News’ special photo exhibition on “War and Peace” was held. Participants were able to get a glimpse of life during the Korean War and the current Civil war in Syria. This exhibit let the viewers experience the atrocities committed during war-time captured by cameras and learned about HWPL’s footsteps of peace in current conflicted areas of the world.
HWPL, through the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, consisting of prestigious international law professionals, will publicly present the Declaration on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace in March 2016. There is much attention directed at the Declaration since it will include articles on the most controversial global issues as well as solution.