“In order to protect citizens, it is the responsibility of state that puts an end to behaviors of religious leaders who instigate kidnapping, confinement and other violent actions in the name of religion against those having different ideas or values,” emphasized Mr. Jae Young Park, General Director of Department of Religion, HWPL, an international peace organization under the UN ECOSOC.
“When we continue to overlook the reality of violation of human rights, more conflicts and tragedy will be incurred. Religious leaders must not teach hatred against other religions to their congregation members,” he added.
As a UN affiliated NGO, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) has been carrying out peace building projects around the world with the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), which addresses peace-related principles including prohibition of hostile actions, ethnic/religious freedom and spreading a culture of peace. Along with promotion of global peace building through legislation process and education, interfaith dialogues for understanding and harmony of religions based on comparative studies on scriptures have been conducted in 124 countries to find common human value for peace in religion.
Chairman Man Hee Lee of HWPL said, “Today the issues of religion are closely linked to the cause of conflicts. Religion should be the light in the world and lead the world in a good way. We as people should be the reality of peace.”