On February 18th, an international peace NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) under the UN ECOSOC held a conference called ‘Religious World Without Discrimination, Religious Leaders Becoming one’ in the International Convention Center, Cockle Bay room in Sydney, Australia. Around 400 people from including religious leaders of Christian, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and Caodaism participated in the peace conference.
Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL received a rock star welcome in Sydney as he arrived for the conference. Delivering a very powerful message filled with energy and passion, he said, “I came to Australia for telling that 10 articles and 38 clauses of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) are necessary to make a world peace and leave a legacy of peace for future generations. This is more important than anything else, and we have to become a peace messenger.”
Adding that the world is chaotic with many toxic events and conflicts and majority of these conflicts had been created by religion. “We can’t achieve peace with existing legal instruments and hence have come up with our legislation. We are confident peace can be achieved”, he added
Padam Deep Singh, a Sikh religious leader and Representative of Akhand Kirtani Jatha, spoke about the Sikh faith and said “Anyone from any faith is welcome to the Gurudwara and eat there and we welcome the opening of World Alliance of Religions Peace (WARP) offices in these Gurudwaras. We need to make this world a world of Unity.”
Prem Mishra, President of the Sydney based Mukti Gupteshwar Hindu Temple termed Australia as the spiritual spinal cord of the world and said no religion promotes violence. He recited the Hindi universal mantra ‘OM Bhur Bhava Swaha‘ which addresses the basic principle of human existence and spoke about the Hindu principle of Sanatan Dharma. Prem Mishra was also critical of the church members from Christian Council of Korea (CCK) which exerted bad influence into Korean politics.
General Director or the Department of International Relations, of HWPL HQ, Shin Chang Kim addressed the audience and mentioned the World Peace Summit held in Seoul in September 2018 where religious leaders put their signatures and signed a peace treaty. He said, “War and conflicts from religious leaders take a lot of priority, which is a shame. Each religion claims their values are unique.” Saying that it is difficult for all religions to claim their values are the best, the solution could be to set up a WARP office, which will find solutions for peace and that true religion should be based on knowledge from Heaven.
Nelson Pervaz, a Chaplan of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, read a letter that will be sent to 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. Don’t use religion as a cover up for discrimination. The act of the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) about Ms. Gu Ji-In who were killed in the aftermath of coercive conversion in Korea should never be ignored and what they do should stop.”
HWPL proposes peace initiatives such as the establishment of international law for peace, an interfaith dialogue meeting for religious harmony, peace education and so on. In particular, the interfaith dialogue meeting called World Alliance of Religions Peace (WARP) Office is currently in operation in 219 places in 129 countries. The DPCW addresses principles of conflict resolution and international cooperation for peace building such as respect on the international law, peaceful dispute settlement, and spreading a culture of peace.
The conference also witnessed the Signature ceremony of the Statement of Denunciation of Coercive Conversion Programs and Discrimination and the Signature in support of the DPCW, signed by all attendees and VIPs.