On February 18th, 2019, HWPL held a conference called‘Religious World Without Discrimination, Religious Leaders Becoming one’in Sydney, Australia. Along with about 370 audience members, 30 religious leaders representing 7 different denominations, including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism and Caodaism, are gathered to discuss the Role of Religion.
Regarding the role of religious leaders in establishing a world of peace, Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL said, “I came to Australia to tell that the 10 articles and 38 clauses of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) are necessary to make a world of peace and leave a legacy of peace for future generations. This is more important than anything else, and we have to all become peace messengers.”
During the conference, the theme of ‘religious discrimination’ was also discussed. 4 keynote speakers delivered messages regarding unfortunate cases of religious discrimination and the need for concrete action plans.
Especially, one pastor read a letter that will be sent to the United Nations Human Rights Council, “I am a Pastor working in Australia and Pakistan. Pakistan is a dominantly Muslim country where religious tension and discrimination exists. I understand how we must all work to bring about true harmony between people of different faiths and cultures. The acts of the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) in relation to Ms. Gu Ji-In who was killed in the aftermath of coercive conversion in Korea should never be ignored and what they do should be stopped.”
30 religious leaders signed the Statement Denouncing Coercive Conversion Programs and Religious Discrimination and proclaimed their support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW).
A religion has its role that should spread love and peace. But Destorying individuals and families with powerful authorities is our reality. Furthermore, it induces conflict between religions and countries. Religious people are doing violence and oppression in the name of God and making the global future darker. If we want true peace now, we must stop.
Man Hee Lee, Chairman of HWPL, emphasized “There’s nothing more shameful than knowing that the majority of wars are caused by religion. And not only that, but should fighting and taking people away by force and beating them be happening? This is not a religion. In order to achieve peace, even our religion should become one.” The Chairman Man Hee Lee strongly proclaimed religions must become one in order to achieve peace for humanity.
Religious leaders are not people with little influence. Every word of them is powerful. Religion and ideology are the key reasons for world wars. Once religious leaders have a good heart, the world is at peace. But if religious leaders take the wrong mind, who can take responsibility for the deaths of those countless people?
What is the Answer to Peace?
First, Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)
Do you think peace can be achieved? When we are making a living, spending my personal time, there are people who risked their lives for peace. They are the messengers of peace of HWPL. Especially, despite being over 80 years old, the chairman Man Hee Lee is ahead of all others in work of peace. This is why he is called “the Father of Peace” and why he is supported by 1.6 billion Youth and 3.7 billion Women.
To prohibit the discrimination between nations and religions, HWPL proposed great peace plan called the DPCW. It is a powerful bill that prevents war caused by religion. The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) has articles to be able to end the war. Article 8 – “Freedom of religion”, Article 9 – “Religion, ethnic identity and peace” and Article 10 – “Spreading a culture of peace” are examples. For this reason, Religious groups are strongly urging for the DPCW legislation.
Second, HWPL WARP Office
At HWPL’s WARP Office, approximately 20 religions and 2,410 people attended. They find the right path for religion through Scripture Comparision and Confirmation.
The chairman Man Hee Lee emphasized “There will only be fighting if there are two or three, or hundreds of religions. But if the scriptures become one then so do the religions. In order for us to be born anew and to become one, we need to know some things that are wrong in our own religion, and to grasp reality.” HWPL is to eradicate social problems caused by religion. Establish international cooperation and solidarity.
He continued “Anyone who received the order of God will have a purpose. We have been running around the world with the answer given from above. At this point, we must work to become one in God as promised. When we come with an answer that can achieve peace, and if everyone is working together by becoming one, it will be done.”
What happened all over the world?
There are numerous religious problems in the world. As you can attest, you can see from the story of Nadia Murad, the winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. She is a victim of Coercive Conversion to ISIS. Also in South Korea, two people were killed by coercive conversion. Religious leaders who support world peace strongly criticized this incident. In particular, peace activists around the world protested for the 27-year-old Gu Ji-in who suffocated of coercive conversion in January 2018. Foreign media such as The New York Times and the Washington Times also helped the victims like Ms.Gu.
One religious leader said “Unfortunately at times as an advocator of one religion, we start enforcing our beliefs on others. These actions are a violation of basic human rights and must be stopped!”
Another religious leader emphasized “Recently, very recently, one young lady was killed by a hard attack while she was taught by a preacher who converted her religion by compulsion. It is too bad that this accident happened among Christians who spread the spirit, just as the spirit of love. First, religions should respect and love one another, then this whole humanity will become one.”
Religious Leaders Peace Conference, Sydney 2019
Religious World Without Discrimination, Religious Leaders Becoming one
Peace has always been a distant future for us. However, if religious people all over the world become one, “Peace” will become reality. Let us all work together with the mission of peace. “WE ARE ONE! WE ARE ONE! WE ARE ONE!”
On 28th November, the ad about ‘coercive conversion’ was put in the New York Times. This is the second time the advertisement was put following last time. As I said last time, it was just something that happened in Korea at first. And why could it be quieter? Because there was a force to shut this case down. As I said before, this power is the Christian Council of Korea (CCK). Pastors? You can think that ‘Why would a pastor do this? Is it real?’
Because their crimes are revealed. If you think about what is already happening (ex Religious Me Too movement), you can feel it.
But her friends told and told her story all over the world. They didn’t give up for anything. Even when the presidential petition with more than 100,000 people suddenly disappeared, even when the government and the Korean press don’t respond, they don’t give up. Because there are 1,000 victims like her and she’ll be watching from the sky. That means there are more than 1,000 people like her who suffocated by coercive conversion.
Human rights activists and foreign media around the world stand up for human rights
From January to March 2018, there were demonstrations in memory of her around the world. However, the government and the Korean media remained silent. Nothing has changed in a year. If she was watching the situation now, she would have shed tears of blood.
Under these sorrowful circumstances, the New York Times started to help her. When the New York Times, one of the most influential media in the United States, put the ad, so many people stand up for human rights. Human rights activists and foreign media around the world have really helped.
Did you know that there is a sad story here? After hearing this unfortunate news, Ms. Jenifer (New York) began a fund-raising campaign through the GoFundMe. The sad news is that Ms. Jennifer, who started the fundraiser, died of cancer and the Jennifer’s family took the money to run an ad in the New York Times. Because it is her wish.
The 1st Memorial Ceremony for the victim of Coercive Conversion Programs, Ji-in Gu
The 1st Memorial Ceremony for the victim of Coercive Conversion Programs, Ji-in Gu, ‘Remember Gu Ji In, Bloom as a flower of peace’ was held on 6th of Jan. 2019. (Sun) Noon. (UTC +9)
Countless people around the world are mourning her and representing her voice. If you want to know more, my other postings will help you. It will continue until the Korean government and the media admit their mistakes and enact the law against coercive conversion programs! This means that the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) will collapse.
Please help the victims like her. We need your help. Share it on your SNS and join the #Remember_Gu campaign.
A person at birth can not choose a country by himself, but he has a right to choose a religion. But in some countries, someone has to trade life for one’s belief. The countries that have been under religious persecution are the China, Iran and Myanmar. Some countries have civil wars because of other religions. This led to the loss of many precious lives.
Even in Korea, where religious freedom is believed to be guaranteed, two people have already died of coercive religious conversion program. More than 150 people a year suffer human rights violations during coercive conversion program. What’s worse is that more than 1,000 victims were confirmed. There must be a good reason to keep her religious beliefs under life-threatening coercive conversion program(CCP) and her choice deserves to be respected. Human rights and security of minority religious people are not protected against those who are inclined to kill them.
Because they can’t admit the faith of minority religious people. Moreover, narrow religious discrimination, that believes only his religion and doctrine are right, causes serious religious extremism and drives all the world into terror and violence beyond some regional conflict.
International efforts to promote
As a result of these, 80 percent of the wars that panicked the world in fear are religious wars. If you are a religious person, you should have to work for peace and prevent war. Instead, the fact that religious people are more at the center of the conflict is shameful and it means that they have no qualification as a religious person.
Despite international efforts to promote religious freedom, restrictions on religious freedom and religious discrimination are still on the rise around the world. To solve these problems, a strong international law is needed to eradicate religious discrimination and ensure religious freedom.
The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) presented by HWPL, which has become a key issue in the international community, has a provision for freedom of religion. The solution for sustaining peace is to enact an international law (10 articles and 38 clauses of the DPCW) to end war and implement it to the letter.
DPCW Article 8 – Freedom of religion
States should activate and participate in systems to enforce and protect fundamental human rights, eliminating discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, and should refrain from and prohibit the usage of religion by governments, groups, or individuals in order to justify or to incite acts of violence against others. (omitted below)
DPCW Article 9 – Religion, ethnic identity and peace
Recognising the threat to peaceful coexistence that violent religious extremism may cause, states should implement, in good faith, legal measures against individuals or groups attempting to perpetrate or assist in gross and systematic acts of violence in the name of religion. (omitted below)
If the leaders of every country love their country and their people, they have to sign the International Law for peace. To do this, we must complete peace with the spirit of that moment when the United Nations begins.
What is the world like now? Jungle? Heartless modern society? Of course, it is. But I heard there are people who pray for the world. In fact, I have been having a hard time these days. In the news, murders, accidents, and crimes are never stopped, and What if I become a target of crime? Whenever I think of this, I pray. Today I saw this YouTube clip, when this fear was coming. What were they doing? They were praising. Also they danced and danced. They danced for themselves. Don’t care others, and It seemed happy to get together. The dance with beat was very natural. It was not fancy. But The Liveliness of Africa!!! They shared the prayer points, joined hands and prayed together.
I want to deal with the condemnation of the world at #2
The Whole WORLD does NOT FORGIVE
In 2007, the late Mrs. Kim was beaten with hammer by her husband. In 2017, the late Ms. Gu was choked by blocking her mouth and nose at 5:40 p.m. on December 30. After two major incidents, there is a group that is not taking any responsibility! It is the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) that aggravated coercive conversion program that violated human rights such as murder, violence, kidnapping and confinement. Coercive conversion is not a religious issue, but a serious historical crime that destroys the human spirit.
There is widespread condemnation of the human rights abuses of coercive conversion program all over the world. Ms. Gu’s death resounded through the world. The 221 U.S. media outlets including NBC, Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), and ABC has reported extensively on the human rights issue under the title of ‘South Korea: The Olympic Games Amid Large-Scale Human Rights Protests.’ In Korea alone, there were countless protests and 120,000citizens from each cities participated nationwide for human rights. Religious groups and politicians from all over the world hold rally voluntarily to denounce the coercive religious conversion program of the CCK. And U.N. headquarters and Washington condemn it as an act of giving religion a bad name. Korea’s dark truth was covered in about 600 reports in 41 countries.
Philippines HWPL Religious Forum
on 26 January 2018
One High Priest said, “Recently, very recently, one young lady was killed by a hard attack while she was taught by a preacher who converted her religion by compulsion. My condolence please accept on this tragic loss of the young lady. It is too bad that this accident happened among Christians who spread the spirit, just as the spirit of love. First, religions should respect and love one another, then this whole humanity will become one.”
He got angry and said, “Who are these people? Are these people pure for their religion? They are religiously violent and extremists. Moreover, they are not preaching about Jesus, they are not taking anything about the Bible. They are just extremists.”
UN Advocacy for the enactment of a law against coercive conversion programs on 30 May 2018
One priest said, “Thus, it is very important to protect freedom of religion for peaceful societies as there is no religion that promotes the conversion of religion using violence, and therefore, there is no justification for this kind of practice.”
One expert pointed out that “We must remember that religious and political extremists are a threat to individual liberty and democracy even in the 21st century.”
HWPL‘s World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Office, Washington D.C. on 2 June 2018
One religious leader said, “Organizations such as the CCK deceive people into kidnapping their loved ones in an attempt to coercively convert them to Presbyterian doctrines. These acts are violations of basic human rights and must be stopped.”
One director said, “Religious freedom is a human right and no one should be forced to change their faith against their will. There is no doubt about that.”
“No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice.”
– International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 18 paragraph 2
The Ultimate Solution is DPCW
Man-hee Lee, the chairman of HWPL, cried out that “No one should be forced to kill within religion. This issue can not stay dull. This is an act of killing religion. I do not think so. Shouldn’t those who identify themselves as religious learn and teach the will of the heavens? I do not believe that a religion of such high-level should do something this shameful.
Actually, 80 percent of the wars that panicked the world in fear are religious wars. Despite international efforts to promote religious freedom, religious discrimination are still on the rise around the world. To solve these problems, a strong international law is needed to eradicate religious discrimination and ensure religious freedom. So Man-hee Lee has appointed 21 law professionals and made international law committee.
They drafted the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) 10 articles and 38 clauses. Man-hee Lee, the powerful leader, cried out “If we follow this, there’s no way for the war to break out in this world. So this drafted DPCW is presented to UN and it is waiting.”
The Solution for Sustaining Peace is to Implement itto the Letter.
Peace Letter to Presidents
During the event, the attendees have the opportunity to fill out letters for the longing of peace and end of war to each respective heads of state. It is a collaboration with IPYG. Young people, from 84 cities in 50 countries, write peace letters to presidents of each country. How long? Until the all presidents sign for the DPCW! The wind of peace is already blowing all over the world. “World peace and restoration has begun at the same time this declaration is proclaimed.” – chairman Man-hee Lee in the Declaration of World Peace on 2013. If 4,600,000young people (IPYG) cry out for peace, what do you think will happen next? There will be an enormous wind. The chairman Man hee Lee said, “This is what God wants, and he called himself peace. Therefore this must happen, right? This is a work of God, this is a work of Jesus and this is a work of all the people of the world.” The Africa will be saved!
“So don’t just send letters to the president of your country, but send it to the head of many nations, so that they might sign for the DPCW!” – chairman Man-hee Lee
PRAYER for PEACE & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: Uniting Against Coercive Conversion
Time : UTC 15:00-17:30, 9 August 2018 YouTube Live :bit.ly/2KEcqZV (Only Korean)