The June 16 1976 Uprising that began in Soweto and spread countrywide profoundly changed the socio-political landscape in South Africa. It is estimated that 20,000 black students took part in the protests. Deaths are 176 (~700) who are killed by police. So, 16 June is now a public holiday in South Africa, named Youth Day.
What was the reason? Policies of the Apartheid government are the problem. Finally it resulted in the introduction of the Bantu Education Act in 1953. Despite the inequality and oppression caused by apartheid, many heroes were born. Who are they? The “Youth of 1976” played a really important role in fighting.
One photo shocked the world
During the fracas the 12-year-old Hector Pieterson was shot by the police. He was covered in blood. Pieterson was rushed to a local clinic and declared dead on arrival. This photo became an icon of the Soweto uprising.
“The uprising means different things for different people,” says Khwezi Gule, chief curator of the Hector Pieterson museum and memorial in Soweto. “There are different generations and varying constituencies. Even those who were there in 1976 were affected differently: parents, students, leaders, people just caught in the crossfire.”
Nelson Mandela said “The events of that day reverberated in every town and townships of South Africa. The uprising triggered riots and violence across the country. Mass funerals for the victims of state violence became national rallying points.
Suddenly the young people of South Africa were fired with the spirit of protest and rebellion. Students boycotted schools all across the country. Bantu education had come back to haunt its creators, for these angry and audacious young people were its progeny.”
South Africa’s Youth Discusses NDP 2030 on Youth Day
Commemorating the heroes of Soweto from June 1976 young, South Africans were challenged to chart their own solutions for dealing with the struggles the youth face today. So, the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) is collaborated with the Gauteng Province, the City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services, South African Council of NGO’s, Green Peace Africa, IWPG, Save the Children and HWPL.
Also, the Specialized Agency of the African Union and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) helped these passionate young peace activits. IPYG was established in 2013 with 805 affiliate organisations in 110 countries. What is their purpose? It is the “National Development Plan (NDP).”
NDP 2030: Youth CAN do it!
The NDP aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. According to the plan, South Africa can realise these goals by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society. Lets all work together to make the National Development Plan (NDP) a success and build a better South Africa for all, it is up to each one of us.
In dealing with International and Regional Peace and Security, Editor of Zimbabwe Digital News brought about the need to create a culture of peace and referenced the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) as an instrument that the President of South African to put an end to armed conflict. (What is DPCW?)
Because Africa has great potential, countless young people can surely achieve peace with IPYG. At IPYG Peace Letter Campaign, more than 200,000 young people from each country have sent handwritten letters to the heads of 193 countries of the United Nations. We Are One!
On 17th of July 2019, Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN’s Youth Envoy, visited the Security Council on Wednesday with a simple message “young people care about peace.” She said especially young women can be labelled on a “small minority” easily. These stereotypes and myths skew young people’s full potential for peace. The fact is that most young people are in fact not involved in violence.
“In the past months I have noticed with grave concern, incidents of young peacebuilders and young human rights defenders being subjected to threats, intimidation, violence, arbitrary arrest and retaliation by State and non-State Actors.” She emphasized the need to protect these young peacebuilders.
She reminded the Council that the Youth, Peace and Security agenda is being recognized and institutionalized within the UN as “core” to the Organization’s priorities for young people. So, the UN Youth Strategy, Youth 2030, will promote an environment that recognizes young people’s important and positive contributions to peace and security, while creating safe spaces and expanding opportunities for young people.
I totally agree with her. Young people have enormous potential. Protect them and help them grow tremendously. There’s something she and the young men of the United Nations are pushing now, and I think it’s so good that I’d like to introduce it. #Youth4Peace #Youth2030
We Are Here, We Are One
At the First International Symposium on Youth Participation in Peace Processes, which was held last March in Finland, the youth envoy officially launched the policy paper “WE ARE HERE: An Integrated Approach to Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes.”(Here)
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, said “It analyses how young people can influence such efforts using diverse and innovative approaches. Around the world, young women and men are striving for justice, inclusion, gender equality and human rights. We must make the most of their power as drivers of a culture of peace.”
Ms. Wickramanayake said “I hope this is the beginning of a process… for concrete actions to bring peace. Sustainable peace must be democratized to include the communities most affected. Young people are our best chance in succeeding at that.”
International Youth Peace Movement
In the last two decades, over 1,000 peace agreements have been signed globally. It is estimated that 408 million youth live in a state or province affected by armed conflict. The co-authors, Ali Altiok and Irena Grizelj, said “No comprehensive studies have assessed the role and impact of young people in these peace agreements. This paper takes the first step towards providing emerging evidence that youth inclusion in peace processes can yield positive results.”
All we need for ‘We Are Here’ is ‘We Are One’
I’m reading this paper. Looking at it, I feel confident that peace can be achieved. How? Only, it would be necessary for all of us to work together as one. All we need for ‘We Are Here’ is ‘We Are One’. I also remember International Peace Youth Group (IPYG), a youth peace organization that is emerging most recently. It is a subsidiary organization of HWPL, international peace NGO affiliated with the UN ECOSOC and the UN DGC.
IPYG shouts “We Are One!!!”
IPYG, which represents 1.8 billion young people, is affiliated with 805 organizations of 110 countries. The number of total members is 4,600,000. In IPYG Peace Letter Campaign, youth of 23 countries have participated and the handwritten peace letters have been delivered to 9 former/current presidents and prime ministers in 8 countries.
On 14th of March 2019, all youth of the world had sent to their respective President or Prime Minister in 192countries with the expectation of a response from these heads of state. On 25th of May 2019, the “6th IPYG Peace Walk” was held in around 126 locations in 77 countries around the world, including Australia, China, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa, the Philippines, and United States of America. (What is Peace Walk?) There is enthusiastic support from young people all over the world, and this huge flow is unstoppable.
These young people are now doing all they can to get the DPCW, the best international law to put an end to the war, to the U.N. (What is DPCW?) Like UN Youth Envoy, the world is full of young people of passion for peace. Their potential can never be ignored. If all the peace groups of each country come together, and all of them shout in one voice, which country can start a war? No one will suffer any more.
People around me all support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW). They are surprised that there is such an innovative and practical international law.
There are two reasons that I and my friends agree on. One is that 21 prominent international law experts have created the law, and because they recognize it. And it is because former and incumbent presidents and ambassadors praise it as a perfectly balanced document.
The Other is the power of HWPL. The problem with existing international law is that it is not “legally binding.” So HWPL emphasized “Civil Society”, to complement this. HWPL works for peace with IPYG, which represents 1.8 billion young people, and IWPG, which represents 3.7 billion women. So they are supported by citizens around the world.
Not only do we, but there are people who have answered this question.
Religious Leaders “Why Do We Need DPCW?”
On 16th of May, 35 leaders of Hinduism, Buddhism, Protestantism, Islam, and Abrahamic religions from Berlin answered. Their answers were amazing, and they really had a lot to learn. The leader was not a leader for no reason. Their views were closely related to reality, and every word was persuasive. I’d like to introduce the most impressive speech among them.
Monk Phramaha Monchai Saitanaporn, from Wat Phra Dhammakaya Berlin, said “all religions speak of peace, but unfortunately religion has become one the causes for the greatest conflicts in human history. However, these conflicts along with ethnic issues are difficult to find a common ground for agreement and resolution.
For example, the Israeli-Palestinian war lasted for more than 70 years, the Kashmir war for more than 70 years, the civil war in Syria continued for more than 6 years, and there are places still currently at war.
Regarding one of the examples mentioned earlier, if Israel and Palestine were to meet once or twice every year to have talks, then how would things have resulted? Also for Kashmir, if forums were frequently held once a year between the two religions (Hinduism and Islam) to communicate together, then how would things have resulted? Would armed conflict continue as they are now?
Just last month, on February 15, there was a bomb terror in the Kashmir region resulting in the death of 46 police officers. Due to this, the Indian and Pakistani people in that area had to live in fear. There is no sure guarantee that such tragedies won’t happen again, and there is no assurance that conflicts would end in the next year.
Article 8 of the DPCW contains provisions to deal with these things. Like so, the DPCW contains the necessarily legal provisions to cut off religious conflicts, protect the freedom of religion, and encourage inter-religious dialogues. To put these rules into application, HWPL is operating and managing WARP Offices as a platform of dialogue and exchange. I, too, am frequently participating in the WARP Office since February 2017 and interacting with various people of religion. DPCW Article 9 states that if such disputes are prevented but are not resolved and continue to be caused by religion, then strong legal actions will be taken against them.
Regarding the bomb terror in Kashmir earlier, if there are attacks but no proper action is taken, then conflicts would continue and more innocent lives will be taken. However, if legal measures like search and seizure of weapons and surveillance over terrorist groups are taken, then the use of armed force can be eliminated from conflicts. Instead of giving up or ignoring the issue when conflicts arise, we need a legal device that can deal with them in order to make peace. Through this, the role of true religion can be practiced and the entire world can work together for that goal. That is why the DPCW is needed.”
On May 25th, the “6th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and Peace Walk” was held in around 126 locations in 77 countries around the world, including Australia, China, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa, the Philippines, and United States of America. The theme is the “The World’s Call for Peace, Urging Support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)”.
525 Peace Walk and 918 WARP Summit is the core where the power of the citizens is gathered. In addition, the letters and signatures of support for the DPCW, which were collected from approximately 1.3 million citizens, have been sent to their respective President or Prime Minister in 192 countries with the expectation of a response from these heads of state.
This huge wave will engulf the world, and soon the united voice will be unstoppable.
While in the Philippines, HWPL collaborated and merged with Volunteers Individuals for Peace (VIP), United Runners of Cavite, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Kaakibat Ng Autism Society Phil Multi-purpose Cooperative to raise funds for different activities such as disaster-relief ventures, center for autism, hosting youth empowerment activities among others.
Mr. John Rommel Garces, HWPL’s Secretary General in the Philippines, said “HWPL is working together with different organizations to mobilize a worldwide network of youths and citizens to promote DPCW and establish cooperation for building sustainable peace in the global society. This day will mark HWPL Philippines’ 100,000 peace letter campaign addressed to our beloved President Duterte urging to support DPCW.”
H.E. Difie Agyarko Kusi, Ambassador of Embassy of Ghana to Korea, encouraged the active participation of the civil society for the enactment of the DPCW. She said “I can’t think of any one region in the world where there isn’t some conflict playing out or erupting. We should all, therefore, be grateful to HWPL for being in the forefront of the crusade to ‘construct the defenses of peace in the minds of men’ with their push for the adoption of the DPCW by the international community.
I would strongly urge all right-thinking people to write letters to leaders, lawmakers, policymakers, heads of states, governments, and kings or queens, to tell them how much we are pinning our hopes on them to support this declaration and make it real.”
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On May 25, the “6th HWPL 525 Peace Walks” was held in 126 cities in 77 countries around the world including Australia, China, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa, the Philippines, and the United States of America.
Nearly 500 citizens from Washington, D.C. hosted a peace walk from the United States Capitol building to the U.S. Supreme Court building. Can you see them? They look excited. Especially, children. 🙂
“Knowing that you’re taking part in making the world a better place is an amazing feeling for any person,” said Danielle, a peace walk participant from Washington D.C.
“I walked for peace because I refuse to sit back as a bystander. I want to make history so that our future generation can be proud of our decision to take a stand for peace.”
“I think our differences are what unite us — it’s our strength,” says Michael Sarpong from Woodbridge, VA. “There is no religion, no nation that doesn’t want peace.”
A HWPL volunteer said, “That’s why we have all come together today to urge our elected officials — the public servants that have been put in position by the people and for the people — to support the DPCW. We all want the same thing.”
Since HWPL Peace Walks were held in 126 cities in 77 countries, the world’s media outlets are very interested. This can be seen as a huge flow of peace. Can anyone stop this? No one wants to, and no one can. Because the person who blocks it becomes the person who wants to go to war. A person’s voice can be powerless. But what if it’s tens of thousands of voices?
What if we have the power to bring it together? So HWPL ran a Peaceletter Campaign. Young people and Women sent letters of peace to the leaders of 192 countries. They will know that the world will change soon.
126 foreign media outlets in 77 countries around the world have promoted 6th HWPL Peacewalk, including Australia, China, Germany, India, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, the United States.
It urged leaders of the countries to enact a “peace international law (DPCW)” to end war. On March, HWPL delivered “Peace Letters” written by 1.3 million people around the world to the heads of states and UN ambassadors in 192 countries. So that the DPCW could be introduced as a U.N. resolution to effectively guarantee world peace.
Peace Letter Campaign was started by IWPG and IPYG. Women are determined not to sacrifice their children any more in the war, and young people have begun sending letters to their leaders expressing their desire for peace as well as their will to protect themselves from the war. Last year, 200,000 letters of peace were delivered to the presidents of seven countries, including Jae-in Moon.
Especially, I really hope to see this fourth video. I really feel that peace is going to be achieved. If our thoughts become one, and our actions become one, what can stop us? No one can stop our desire for peace. Who would want to die? Who would want to lose their family to war? They say they start a war to protect their country, but… Before that, if we have a good heart, we can prevent many young people from dying without having a chance to blossom.
Dear Heads of Countries, I urge you to show your active commitment to achieving peace by responding to the letter of peace that expresses the desire of mankind. If you love your country and people as a representative of a country, I ask you to work together to ensure that the DPCW is submitted to the UN and thus establish a framework for world peace and end of war.
The task of the time is to create a world of peace and pass it on to future generations. To do this, we can achieve true peace only when we identify the answers to achieve peace through the peace process that HWPL is making and practice it as a messenger of peace. Let’s all be an “One Voice” for peace and achieve DPCW together. And let’s work together and join in drawing support and cooperation from the international community.
Since it’s going to be followed by the first episode, I hope you read the first episode.
“And with this young man, many people are more involved in this because they have discovered that DPCW’s hopes can be realized. So what is the basis of that conviction?”
“There are three main points: The first is the perfect configuration of the DPCW, which consists of a full resolution of the dispute. Based on world documents on human rights and peace, such as the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there are additional fundamental solutions to conflicts between religions and peoples, including ways to maintain a peaceful world through HWPL Peace Education and Spreading a Culture of Peace. So the DPCW has the perfect composition of conflict prevention, conflict mediation and securing sustainable peace.”
“The second is feasibility. DPCW is only three years old, but it is gaining tremendous support of citizens all over the world and support of the national level. It has received formal support from the Pan-African Parliament, a group of 55 African National Assembly speakers, a gathering of ministers and above-level officials from eight Pacific Islands, the Central American Parliament and the former presidents of Eastern Europe, as well as MOUs and official documents.
Also, when the Chairman Man Hee Lee introduced the DPCW at UN headquarters, delegates from 145 countries gave a standing ovation.”
“From a civil society perspective, more than 1.3 million citizens around the world support the DPCW with signatures and peace letters campaign. On March 14, citizens from all over the world wrote letters of peace and sent them to Presidents and Prime ministers of 192 countries to urge the need for DPCW and support from countries, and the media around the world reported it extensively, and the world cheered.”
“Finally, the power of the DPCW is the Chairman of HWPL, Man Hee Lee. Six years ago, when the new international law did not exist, he announced the “Declaration of World Peace” here. It included a his plan to create a new international law. Three years later, he announced the DPCW, the substance of the promise and he created the Peace Letter Campaign, which urges presidents around the world. The whole family in the world follows him, because he has a clear answer and leadership.
For example, no matter where he go on world peace tour, families of peace in neighboring countries gather to help and participate in Lee’s tour. When we see families of peace in each country running and putting everything aside to help Lee, we feel confident that he is a world leader who can change the world and lead people in one direction.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, this DPCW you’re seeing today is the hope of a global family and the power to change the world. To that end, this 6th 525 Peace Walk sent letters of peace to not only the president, but also the high-ranking leaders of the world at the same time. I’ve shown to the leaders how much citizens, who are masters of the country, want the DPCW because the President can’t move on only his own.
And today, in particular, we will take a peace walk with the wishes of each president to reply to the Peace Letter we sent around the world. The land where we take this step of peace will be transformed into a world of peace, and the sound of it will be a voice that changes the world.
Citizens around the world who are with us, HWPL, IPYG, will not stop our step until the President of each country hears and acknowledges the message, urging support for the DPCW.
Ladies and gentlemen, we will now serve the Chairman Man Hee Lee, the source of this power of peace. Check for yourself! The Chairman Lee declared it here, and made the work of peace. Come on, let’s run together.
Until our dreams come true. We are one! Thank you.”
The 6th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk is beginning today, May 25, 2019. In fact, whatever you do, you can’t find anything easy. There are hands that come and prepare in advance, so it can go smoothly.
Thank you very much to those who serve. The number is enormous. How hard did they prepare for these? By the way, do you know about today’s theme? Why are so many people gathered today?
Under the IPYG Peace Letter Campaign, young people sent 160,000 peace letters to the heads of states and UN ambassadors in 193 countries. So, this 6th HWPL Peace Walk’s purpose is to urge them to reply the letters. If you agree, say yes. If you don’t agree, I’d like to say why and discuss it together.
Once the leaders of each country make a good decision, peace will become a permanent legacy for future generations. And they will be remembered as heroes of peace.
HISTORY of the HWPL Peace Walk
As an occasion for the event, the HWPL plans to expand the scope of peace letters to include high-level officials and ministers from each country. So far, more than 1.3 million citizens from 170 countries have supported the DPCW. Let’s take a look at each year.
In 2013, About 30,000 People in Seoul, Republic of Korea In 2014, About 200,000 People in 10 Cities In 2015, About 200,000 People in 64 Cities In 2016, About 250,000 People in 105 Cities In 2017, About 1,000,000 People in 106 Cities in 41 Countries In 2018, 80+ Cities in 50 Countries
Speech of Young-Min Jung, IPYG Leader
“There’s a lot of young people here. Have any of you ever been through a war?
I’m going to start today with the story of a 25-year-old man born in South Sudan, a country suffering from a sustained civil war. When this young man, Immanuel Lovizo Justin, saw 150 people die in a civil war in 2016, he knew his life would be threatened, but decided to start working on peace. And he started to encourage people to realize the DPCW, and he collected 5,000 DPCW signatures by himself.
He also held a peace concert and was reported in the local newspaper. The peace-loving young man is now in a hurry to collect 10,000 peace letters for the President and has already collected more than 1,000. What value did this South Sudanese youth see in DPCW? Why is he risking his life in the battlefield to call for the DPCW?
It’s “hope.” He’s still going around collecting letters of peace because he found in the DPCW “the hope” of a world of peace where he could escape the threat of bullets, live like a human being, free from the fear that someone could hurt him, freely spread his dreams, smile and face everyone.
And with this young man, many people are more involved in this because they have discovered that DPCW’s hopes can be realized. So what is the basis of that conviction?”
Are you curious? I’m going to post it in 2nd episode. Think of the reason first! To give you a hint, there are three reasons.
My friend sent me this picture by message. The weather is so nice!
What day is it today? Do you know?
Today is the day!!!
There must be a lot of people working on this event. HWPL is famous for doing an orderly event. They gather on a large scale, and it’s clean with little leftover garbage.
It started six years ago in Seoul with 30,000 young people, and has been spreading around the world, and I can’t imagine how much bigger it would have been this year. It is said to be held in more than 70 cities around the world, and I wonder how many young people and citizens there will be.
In this posting, we will look at how many citizens support the DPCW and HWPL as a celebration before the event begins. You’re gonna be surprised.
The World’s Call for Peace, Urging Support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War
Indeed, hundreds of thousands of young people and citizens in many cities around the world support the DPCW.
6th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk
Date: May, 25th, 2019 10:30(GMT+9)
I hope to see you Live on YouTube. The flow of peace led by HWPL is so fast that you can barely keep up with it, if you try. Should we wait for someone else to do it for us? Let’s make peace ourselves!