Yowun Puraya Youth Festival - International Youth Camp was held from March 28, 2018 to April 1, 2018 with 7,000 participants including government representatives, prime ministers, youth organizations, and the press in Sri Lanka. The event was organized by the Government of Sri Lanka collaborating with the National Youth Services Council (NYSC), which is affiliated with the Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs and hosted annually to motivate young people to contribute to the national developmental process.
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL a Korea-based NGO) joined the event. At the event, in order to promote peace-related actions by youth, 7,000 of people signing to support the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) attracted people's attention. HWPL affiliated with the UN DPI and UN ECOSOC, announced the DPCW on March 14, 2016, to strengthen a solidarity of peace through a comprehensive cooperation of all sectors of society and to establish a legally binding international law necessary for peace-building. The DPCW with 10 articles and 38
clauses, drafted by international law experts, includes provisions to avoid war-related actions and achieve peace, including respect of international law, ethnic/religious harmony, and a culture of peace.
“Sri Lanka is a country that has suffered by a war for more than 30 years until 2009. So the people of the country has already experienced the bitter side of the war. No body at the country wants to face the same situation once again. Accordingly, the DPCW could be adopted easily in Sri Lanka. The
message could be communicated to the public through youth” emphasized Prabath Liyanage, Deputy Director of NYSC. Also, He mentioned about conducting an awareness programs with cooperation with HWPL that covering all the parts of the country and all religions in Sri Lanka with targeted group as youth because they are backbone of the country.
At the 2nd Annual Commemoration of the DPCW recently held in Korea, HWPL issued an official statement against anti-peace actions that hinder peace and justice with unsubstantiated information and distortion from socio-economic motives and human rights abuses by religious intolerance. It
stated that HWPL “will no longer tolerate attempts to obstruct the work for peace, putting personal gain over the common good of humanity. We urge all those yearning for peace and justice to take the right path, not the path marked with lies, and join the effort to build peace together” mentioned in the
DPCW. Leaders from all levels of society in Sri Lanka joined a rally against anti-peace actions and advocated for the implementation of the International Law to realize social justice through 7,000 of signatures.