2nd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)
“A Call for Building a World of Peace and Realizing Justice“
On March 14, 2018, I sat at a quiet cafe and watched ‘2nd DPCW’ live broadcast in Australia. The sky was so clear today. Maybe you don’t know, now I’m studying abroad in Australia. I’m from Korea. Unlike Korea, here seems to be more relaxing. ‘Did I come this far and learn all the things to learn?’ ‘Why am I here?’ On these thoughts, I heard the news from HWPL. Today is the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the DPCW. I know a lot of peace groups, but I don’t believe any one. Because they are only saying about peace, not moving. But I can’t help putting my trust in HWPL. We can know them by their walking.
HWPL has two Engines
HWPL‘s two Solutions to end WAR are DPCW & WARP. As you know, DPCW is the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. WARP is the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace offices. In short, WARP Office. There are, of course, IPYG&IWPG who supports everything. In the previous post, we looked at DPCW. This time, we will look at WARP Office thoroughly.
“We’ve called heaven and earth as witnesses to WARP Summit. In front of God and people in the world, we made an agreement to declare international law and unite religions. Also, the heads of organizations from each country made an agreement to urge implementation.”
– chairman Lee of HWPL
Where did the War take place?
- Wars of mankind : total 14,513 times.
- Reason of War: 80% Religious war
- Victims of War : 3.7 billion
- Nobel Peace prize rewarded : 124 times
How long should we wait? We can’t stand it anymore. It is so hard and painful. My family and friends are dying. Who can compensate you for their death? To Whom? What can you do? Money never can pay it back. Nothing can repay this!
The 2nd Annual Commemoration of the DPCW
“126 events in 108 cities of 62 countries Worldwide”
• KEYWORDS of 2nd Annual Commemoration
“Building a World of Peace”
HWPL’s mission is to bring wars not to a temporary halt but to a complete end, and to create sustainable peace in the current generation. For this goal, HWPL is working through a global peace network to advocate the DPCW, promote religious harmony and prevent interfaith conflicts, and spread a culture of peace through education, press, and civil society, all in accordance with the principles set out in the DPCW.
Justice is the ultimate ideal of law and essential condition for peaceful coexistence. Through the DPCW, HWPL aims to establish an international legal instrument that contains provisions concerning international cooperation, respect for international law, freedom of religion, and spreading of a culture of peace, as the basis for building a world of peace.
24 March, 2014 Sign private peace treaty in Mindanao Island, Philippines
Peace treaty is between Roman Catholic and Muslim in Mindanao Island, Philippines. It’s a real. Mindanao civil war for 40 years and 140,000 died. How do they make peace? He prayed to God before to go Mindanao. He said “I won’t go if God don’t accompany me.” He called all the political leaders, religious leaders and citizens together in one place.
“Raise your hands!! If you want peace!!”, he shouted. Everyone raised their hands!!!! So two leader of Catholic and Muslim signed the peace agreement.
It gave me the chills. 40 years of Catholic and Muslim religious war was over. This event has led to HWPL gaining an international reputation.
2016 Nobel Peace Prize : Why is peace agreement rejected?
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace, and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process. This tribute is paid, not least, to the representatives of the countless victims of the civil war.(nobelprize.org)
But it was before the referendum. The result?
Yes! 49.78% No! 50.21%
Vvoter turnout was 37%. Dissenting votes is 57,000 more than vote yes. Let’s see the same situation.
- Colombia civil war for 52 years 220,000 died
- Mindanao civil war for 40 years 140,000 died
But after two years, what happened in the Mindanao?
25 May, 2015 The 2nd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace in Mindanao, Philippines
January, 2016 The Commemoration of the Signing of the Mindanao Peace Agreement in MILF
MILF(Moro Islamic Liberation Front) is the rebel forces. Can you believe it? After 2 years, 10,000 people are in line to greet the HWPL, they established ‘HWPL Day‘ on March 14th and they erected the monument. It is the fruits of HWPL which show possibility of peace beyond politics and religions.
“Man Hee Lee, brought a powerful message that adds to the power to achieve peace that we hope and desire. It means HWPL and MILF are partner for peace.” – MILF chairman of Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim
Cohesive WARP OFFICE
World alliance of religions and peace(WARP) Office is founded to achieve Article 8 of DPCW, ‘Freedom of Religion’. Religious leaders should take the lead in fostering harmony among religions through the WARP Offices established in various parts of the world. The alliance of religions is the earnest hope of all humanity. It is called by an ‘Innovative Approach‘ to Religious Dialogue. The key point is ‘Scriptural texts‘ of each religion. The WARP Office aim to prevent the conflicts caused by religious misunderstandings. They are marching to peace teaching each scripture of religion. In the short three years, the WARP Offices have seen rapid expansion with 218 offices now operating in 126 countries. I believe they can really achieve peace. 🙂
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