Most citizens in democratic countries like the UK, Australia and US wake up with simple problems to dread over. What to wear for work or school, which friend to invite to brunch on the weekend, what movie to watch on Netflix when we get home. We are so blind to the chaos and bloodshed of our allied countries. In countries where our neighbors have escaped genocide and persecution looking to find peace and a place to call home.
If we make an attempt to look beyond our safety net of Instagram selfies and Twitter posts of our favorite celebrity quotes, we can find news on current war developments from Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Israel and Iran. A quick visit to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR.org) will show dozens of hot spots of current conflicts and a scale of their impact.
One of the most recent conflicts that can be devastating for the countries and the world is India and Pakistan. Pakistan’s Muslim-majority nation and India’s Hindu-majority was a product of partition after the British rule. A combination of religious, ethnic and political warfare has been brewing and has surfaced again. Unfortunately, now they are both nuclear nations and their contending could lead to devastating repercussions felt the world over.
HWPL’s Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), which will celebrate its 3rd anniversary on March 14, is not an indolent law, it is the only option to guarantee lasting peace among all people on this planet. The DPCW is a collection of 10 articles and 38 clauses—the first article being; prohibiting the threat or use of force. This article in itself once internationally recognized will be influential in receding the progression of modern war. Article 9—States the need to promote peaceful coexistence amongst religious and ethnic groups. Adopting this article can relieve the apprehension felt between hostile nations, once they become conscious of our kindred identity—that we are all but one. Become an active Peace Messenger—write a letter or send a tweet to support the DPCW today.
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All 10 articles are fundamental to developing and securing peace, human rights and human value for every living person. The HWPL International Law Peace Committee, comprised of prominent international law experts from 15 different countries, have created a bottom-up approach for global peace. It is necessary to support the enactment of this international peace law and encourage friends, family, government officials and our president to make an authentic effort to realizing peace for this generation and the ones to come. The world has never needed to come together more than it does now to acknowledge a new process to resolve international tensions.