After the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was proclaimed on 14 March 2016, the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the Implementation of the International Law on the Cessation of War and Achievement of World Peace was officially launched. The Committee, comprised of women and youth members of different nationalities, is working around HWPL, IWPG, and IPYG to advocate the preparation of a legally binding instrument inspired by the DPCW, and its implementation by all States. The members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee will raise awareness in their respective countries and regions about the need for legally binding provisions that ensure global peace and cessation of war, and invite all citizens to join the work of peace.
HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Delhi Begins the Work of Advocating the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
“If any head of state refuses to support this Declaration, he or she will be remembered as the head of state who hated peace and wanted war. This will be recorded in history, and the leader’s stance will be questioned by future generations.”
- HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee
Indian society responded to the peace message of Mr. Lee. Leaders in the fields of law and education, as well as of women and youth groups in India stepped up to support the efforts of HWPL to ensure the cessation of war by international law. Comprised of these leaders, the Indian branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee was established. Its official launching ceremony was held in Delhi on 2 April, where the members pledged their determination to work for peace.
The Indian branch of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee is composed of the four following members: Mr. Nachiket Anil Dave, lawyer of the Supreme Court of India; Mr. Amit Kumar Singh, lawyer of Lex Delhi Legal Consultants; Ms. Praveen Roy, principal of Samsara the World Academy; and Ms. Bidyut Mohanty, head of Women's Studies Department at the Institute of Social Sciences. These members, who are leaders in different fields of society, will promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) in India and collect supporting signatures so that the Declaration can be acknowledged and adopted by the United Nations. Some of the activities will include promoting through media and social networking services, holding student debating competitions and essay contests on the theme of peace, and providing peace education. Through such activities, the branches of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in India and other parts of the world will gather support for the campaign and collect supporting signatures, which will be submitted to the United Nations asking for the reinforcement of existing international law. About 40 guests from various organizations and fields who attended the launching ceremony in Delhi also signed their support for the DPCW.
At the beginning of all these actions was the DPCW, which was drafted by the HWPL International Law Peace Committee, comprised of 20 international law experts from 16 countries, including India, under the guidance of Chairman Man Hee Lee. Finally on 14 March, the DPCW was proclaimed in South Korea. “HWPL’s Declaration is a historical Declaration that will protect humanity,” Mr. Nachiket Anil Dave, a lawyer who attended the Proclamation Ceremony, said. He stressed that the Declaration is the solution to restore peace in the world, saying “The day of our long-awaited dream to be realized is drawing near with the efforts of HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee.” Also, Mr. Mohd Umair Yunus, an HWPL youth representative from Amity School of Engineering, said at the Proclamation Ceremony, “I will use social media to promote the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War and gather a lot of support from the youth.” Ms. Praveen Roy, the principal of Samsara the World Academy, expressed her determination to work for peace and carry out a signing campaign to collect 10,000 supporting signatures.
They will promote the DPCW to the people of India and gather signatures of support so that the Declaration can quickly develop into a binding law that ensures global peace.
Find more information on the DPCW and participate in the online signature campaign at www.peacelaw.org.
HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee Appointment Ceremony Successfully Held in Beijing
On April 13th, 2016, the branch office of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) in Beijing, China, held the Appointment Ceremony of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee for the implementation of the international law on the cessation of war and achievement of world peace, and the Signing Ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. The event, hosted by the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and sponsored by Jingsh Law Firm in Beijing, drew 40-plus distinguished guests from diverse sectors including law, press, culture, youth, and corporate. Leaders and experts of various fields discussed practical advocacy strategies for peace and cessation of war as members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.
The event consisted of four programs—“Introduction of the IPYG and IWPG, and Introduction of international law,” “Discussion on future activity plan to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war,” “Appointment ceremony of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee,” and “Signing ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.”
The video highlights of the Advocacy Seminar on the implementation of the international law on the cessation of war and achievement of world peace, hosted by HWPL and organized by the IPYG Beijing Branch on March 26th, were shown as the opening video.
Li Mingkun, president of China Expo magazine, remarked in his congratulatory speech, “If war no longer existed and peace reigned in this world, the lives of humanity would become more beautiful.” He continued, “The most incredible thing is that despite his age of over 80 years, HWPL Chairman Man Hee Lee is notably taking the lead in the movement for world peace and cessation of war.” He added: “We must actively take part in this peace movement and urge everyone around us, including colleagues and family members, to join in this movement so that we can create a better world.”
Afterwards, there was a discussion on the future activity plan to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war that lasted over 30 minutes. After the discussion, Jiang Jin, CEO of Beijing Jump Bell Culture Media Co. LTD, and Yang Tao, manager of Tianjin Huayi Safety Door Co. LTD. Beijing Office, gave a speech on the topic of “What is our role to effectively urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war?”
CEO Jiang Jin stated, “We must widely publicize the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War to the youths around the world and encourage them to participate in this movement.” “Lastly, let us come together to urge for the implementation of international legal provisions on peace and cessation of war.” He added that “it is a great honor to be a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.” He was appointed as a member of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee along with Wang Yi Lin, matching consultant of Personal Five Elements Clothing Color, and Yang Tao, manager of Tianjin Huayi Safety Door Co. LTD. Pei Bin, secretary of World Cheongsam Club Culture Department, was appointed as the Chairman of the Committee.
Secretary Pei Bin said, “I am delighted to be attending this event, and I have understood the duty of this position as a chairman of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.” He also said, “We must take the lead in creating peace,” adding that he will do his utmost to fulfill his role as the chairman of the Committee.
The Appointment Ceremony ignited peace in the hearts of all the participants. The Ceremony was followed by the Signing Ceremony to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War.”
For 2 hours and 30 minutes, the distinguished guests in attendance engaged in a discussion under the topic of “The relations between the international law and me.” Also, they said that all people of the world, including youths, women, and members of the Committee, should have a strong sense of responsibility regarding bringing about peace. The fruits of peace borne through the efforts of the Committee will become an essential component of spreading the culture of peace.
HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Tbilisi
Taking the first step toward the successful movement in support of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, in Georgia
“ This work of peace is not something that belongs only to a certain individual or certain nation. It is a work in which all who live here in this world must be involved. That is why all family members of this world must be the messengers of peace so that we can all live a better life.” From Chairman of HWPL, Man Hee Lee
On the 18th of March, the 1st Inauguration of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Tbilisi was held at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia. Around 20 youth and women leaders participated and 5 youths were appointed as committee members. It was a good time to learn about the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee and the role of the committee. Moreover, all participants discussed how we can effectively create activity in Georgia to support the declaration and the international law. After the event, 3 more youths applied to join the committee.
The women and youth are an especially active sector in Georgia and they shared their ideas on how they can cooperate with HWPL, IWPG and IPYG. Furthermore, the participants were impressed with Chairman Lee and HWPL’s worldwide peace movement. The collaboration of the remarkable peace movement of HWPL and the valuable ideas the local members made help all to look forward to a peaceful future in Georgia.
Below is the interview with Mede Tamazashvili (President of Democracy and Civil Society Development Youth Association) and Raul Labadze (Project Coordinator of Youth Association Studhub), who were appointed as members of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.
| Mede Tamazashvili President of Democracy and Civil Society Development Youth Association
Q. Why did you decide to join in IPYG peace movement and HWPL Advocacy Committee?
A. We also work on the peace projects supporting peace all around in Georgia. In Georgia, we have two frozen conflicts with Abkhazia and Ossetia since 1991-1992 as they fought to break away from Georgia. Also, as these days Georgia is in ethnically diversity, that’s why peace building in our country and all over the world is critically important. There is no doubt that we need to create a culture of peace and conflict free environment, and this is an area where the youth can involve in. Youth is an important sector in peace and conflict resolution and we should “BE THE CHANGE”. Youth can change the world by changing their attitudes towards people, tradition, religion and belief. This is one of the best ways to develop peace in our country, this movement will help people around the world to stand up for peace. Also, it will help local people to understand that they have the power to find their own solutions to solve conflicts and to build their own better futures.
Q. As a committee leader, what is your plan and goal in this committee, supporting the declaration and getting the signatures?
A. First of all it is very pleasure for me that I was chosen as a committee leader in Tbilisi. Our aim is to support the declaration and get 10,000 signatures in Georgia. I have to say that it will be difficult and require much effort, but we will do our best to reach our goals. We have a list of schools, where we will have meeting for peace academy and make presentations about what is meaning of this declaration and then we will get signatures. We will also make such presentations in the regions in Georgia. In addition, we are spreading this information to universities, by cooperating with students self-government. Secondly, in Georgia, social networks, as especially Facebook is very popular, we will spread the information via face-book. It is very lucky that all committee members have their own non-governmental organizations, so we will also get signatures from our own NGO members. We have a good plan for getting the signatures and I am sure that we have power, skills and abilities to support peace. Thank you.
| Raul Labadze Project coordinator of Studhub
Q. Why did you decide to join in the IPYG peace movement and HWPL Advocacy Committee?
A. Peace is crucial for each country and especially for countries which is located in the South Caucasus as it’s one of the most complex regions across the world. I would like to promote peace in my country and highlight the importance of it. Furthermore, I appreciate and absolutely share the values and goals of IPYG.
Q. As a committee member and publicity ambassador of IPYG, what is your plan and goal in this committee, supporting the declaration and getting the signatures?
A. I am going to organize a small event at Tbilisi 59th Public school in order to introduce IPYG and collect signatures from teachers and students. Besides, I have already shared the online signature link to my community.
The HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Tbilisi is going to work on three main plans. Firstly, to spread the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, we will hold an IPYG Flash Mob event with students and youths on 25th May, Peace Walk and we will create a Facebook page to effectively promote our peace movement. Secondly, we will host meetings with schools and universities and set up booths, in places where many people pass by and can easily join in. Lastly, not only in Tbilisi, but in other regions as well we are going to create HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee.
The youth are raising their voice for peace, all over the world including Europe. To that end, Norwegian young people have gathered as well to promote and share their ideas regarding their duty to urge the implementation of the international law to protect them from being sacrificed during wars and to pave the way for a peaceful future.
The first step of this peace movement, ‘The promotion of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’ was held at the National Library of Norway on the 13th of April, 2016. During the event, the peace activities of HWPL, IPYG, and IWPG were introduced and ‘The HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’ drew special attention from attendees, who largely expressed positive responses on the spirit and goals of the event itself.
The attendees of the event which included five representatives from peace or youth organizations, are as follows: Frank Tomlinson (Vice-president of Bike for Peace), Abdulkadir Diriye (Director of Grace Center for Peace and Development), Limar Zhiyan (Representative of Fredsduene for Ungdom), Monica Margareta Andrei (President of European Centre for Education and Training), Demostene Olariu (President of International Organization for Democracy and Human Rights Norway). And many youth members also gathered.
During the event, the peace movement of HWPL, IPYG, IWPG and the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee was introduced. Each representative was also given an opportunity to share their impression of the event as well. Through their brief speech, they agreed that the youth is a very important and powerful resource to achieve peace and their role is to urge heads of states to agree upon the implementation of the international law that protects civil society and promotes a culture of peace. Participants were also eager to know more about the plans regarding the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee in Norway.
Especially, Frank Tomlinson, Vice-president of Bike for Peace, stated that the purpose of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee is noble. He agreed to promote the implementation of the international law with his bike tour projects. Another participant, Limar Zhiyan, Representative of Fredsduene for Ungdom, stated that he is glad to have met IPYG which has the same wish, peace. He indicated his positive view towards the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee, and promised to have a next meeting for further discussion.
Regular meetings were planned to be held every two weeks with related participants. The next meeting will be held on, the last week of April, and the participants will discuss how they can co-operate with the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’s signing campaign. A Peace Walk will be also held on the 25th of May as one of the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’s activities in Norway.
IPYG is eagerly looking forward to gathering more Norwegian young lovers of peace to join in the HWPL Peace Advocacy Committee’s activities.