“The very work that we are pursuing is the work of healing of nations….The Law that cares about human dignity must be drafted, but it must not be done by any forms of power or authority. When we speak of democracy, whom does it represent?…People are the owners of democracy. Are we allowing the world as it is now to continue existing regardless of human rights being utterly violated and people being mistreated in a non-peaceful environment? Regardless of country and generation, the law that solely protects and promises citizens’ good lives must be prioritized at an international level.” With these words Man Hee Lee, Chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) announced the organisation’s Legislate Peace Campaign for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was proclaimed on 14 March 2016.
This law has been brought out and set among the people according to the meaning invoked or provoked under Man Hee Lee’s expression: “When the light of heaven shines in the hearts of people, it becomes the light that never fades away.” Its purpose is to bring about cessation of war and establish peace as an inheritance for future generations. This is being done in co-operation with the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG).
The approach is simply to assure the implementation of this international convention on the cessation of war; on the organisation’s part, accomplished by establishing HWPL World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Offices to activate in this direction.
The core essentials of the Declaration are:
• Prohibition of the threat or use of force
• Prohibition of obtaining war potential
• Dispute settlement
• Freedom of religion
• Spreading a culture of peace
It is notable that no mention is yet made of nations with such as nuclear weapons which must begin a climb-down and start reducing their own stockpiles of those most dangerous of weapons and also all armaments – though conventional weapons for defence purposes are allowable.
The main message relates to: Prohibition of the threat or use of force; War potential; Friendly relations and the prohibition of acts of aggression; State boundaries; Self-determination; Dispute settlement; Right to self-defence; Freedom of religion; Religion, ethnic identity and peace; Spreading a culture of peace
Toward the end of enacting the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War there is a signature campaign the results of which will be presented to the United Nations in New York USA when the General Assembly sits in September 2016. Already half a million signatures promoting the implementation of the Declaration have been collected. More are needed, please add yours and request your fellows to sign also.
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