HWPL Peace Delegation Shines Light on Burkina Faso: Government Officials and Media Welcome DPCW

On 9 May 2024 at 04:15

From April 19th to 29th, the international peace organization HWPL dispatched a second delegation to Burkina Faso, where they held meetings with high-level government officials and some media outlets.

Through this second delegation to Burkina Faso, HWPL aimed to ignite a passion for peace in the hearts of government officials and to garner national support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), a peace initiative of global significance.

They engaged with various organizations and signed MOA and MOU to achieve sustainable peace. During the initial dispatch in early April, HWPL conducted peace camps at three schools in Burkina Faso and hosted ceremonies for signing MOAs and MOUs with 14 schools.

According to Africanews, Burkina Faso’s Minister of State, Bassolma Bazié, spoke at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly held last September.

"Every year, countless speeches with promises and pledges are given. The discrepancy between speeches and facts on matters of principles contained in the UN Charter, including justice, equality, dignity, integrity, the right to self-determination, the sovereignty of states, the inviolability of territory, and respect for international law, is what can be observed in Libya, in the Sahel (more precisely, Niger), and in the Russia-Ukraine crisis."

HWPL is engaged in peace activities centered on the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) with the aim of establishing a legal framework for sustainable peace.

On 14 March 2016, HWPL proclaimed the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), which was drafted with the participation of international law experts from 15 countries.

This declaration, comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses, aims to restore the spirit that served as the basis for the establishment of the United Nations and to achieve sustainable peace by promoting the universal values of the global community. The DPCW embodies the principles and measures for preventing and resolving conflicts and sustaining a peaceful global society.

On April 22nd, a meeting was held with Burkina Faso’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, S.E.M Karamoko Jean Marie TRAORE. He stated, "As long as there are industries producing weapons globally, there will always be war. HWPL’s efforts for peace are noble and admirable. HWPL’s activities should be equally accessible to those in conflict, those pursuing peace, and those inciting war."

On April 24th, a meeting organized by the Ministries of Justice and Human Rights took place, attended by nine officials including the Minister of Justice. Minister of Justice Me Edasso Rodrigue Bayala, the President of the Temporary Legislative Assembly (ALT) Dr. Ousmane BOUGOUMA, and the President of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), Mme Gonta Alida Henriette DA, engaged in substantive discussions to support the DPCW.

During this period, meetings were also held with four media outlets. President of UNALFA (Union Nationale de l’Audiovisuel Libre du Faso), Sawadogo Ramousa Jean Baptiste, Kouanda Madi from Burkina Flash Info, journalist Traore Moumouni, François YOGO from Noor Info, and journalist LANKOANDE André from Burkina 24 all expressed willingness to cooperate with HWPL and positively received the idea of implementing HWPL journalism training.

All of them expressed hope for peace in Burkina Faso as they indicated their willingness to sign partnership MOAs and MOUs with HWPL.

HWPL plans to continue its activities for peace realization in Burkina Faso, including peace camps, peace education, the International Religious Peace Academy (IRPA), and support for the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)

Dr. Thomas R. OUEDRAOGO, the Executive Director of the Center for Democratic Governance (CGD), remarked, "HWPL’s peace-building efforts seem very intriguing. I’ve come to realize that the DPCW is evolution, not revolution."

HWPL team meets with Speaker of Parliament of Burkina Faso to discuss the DPCW
HWPL met with officials from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights