HWPL: March 15th, The First Peace Monument was Erected in Rampur, India
On March 15th, in order for culture of peace to take root successfully in local communities in India, the World Organization of Religion and Knowledge (WORK) erected the Declaration of World Peace Monument in Rampur, India where its headquarter is located.
The WORK has 65 branch offices all over India, including in Rampur. Since the foundation, it has been hosting religious activities, free medical camps, and other activities to promote religious harmony and peace.
In January, the WORK co-hosted a “Wear the Peace” peace clothing campaign with international peace organization, Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL). Through this campaign, relief goods were shared with those in need during the wintertime. It is one of many activities HWPL and WORK collectively organized in order to further spread peace in the area.
To bring closer cooperation and promote peace activities between the peace organizations of South Korea and India, HWPL and WORK signed an MOU. 100 members of WORK attended on-and-offline to commemorate the signing cemony and the erection of the peace monument.
During the second half of the event, speakers called for the compliance as well as the implementation of legal instruments to end armed conflicts. HWPL statement, condemning the use of force and human rights violations in armed conflicts between Russia and Ukraine, was also read, urging global cooperation for peace.
Syed Abdullah Tariq, President of WORK, said “In order to no longer have wars and achieve peace, HWPL is urging for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to be introduced as part of international law. This was celebrated on the 14th, the 6th anniversary of the proclamation of the DPCW, through the unveiling of the peace monument. Through this monument, we pledged our responsibility and will for peace.”
The Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was proclaimed in 2016, containing 10 articles and 38 clauses stating the international principles and methods of preventing national, ethnic, and religious disputes and maintaining peace.
Since he was appointed as HWPL Publicity Ambassador in February 2018, he has hosted peace events with HWPL in India every year. He donated to the monument, as well as the site on which the monument was built, in the hopes that the residents of Rampur would promote a sense of peace and participate in the practice of peace.
After signing the MOU and establishing the peace monument, WORK plans to hold peace walk events and online peace campaigns as well as volunteer work at least once every quarter in India, in order to raise awareness and receive support for the implementation of DPCW as legally binding instruments in each state.
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New Delhi/Updated on: 28 March 2022