Churches of Scientology in 27 Nations to Mark Human Rights Day With New Education Campaign

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Stepping up its global campaign to raise public awareness of human rights, the Church of Scientology International's Human Rights Department in association with Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is launching a new campaign called Making Human Rights a Global Reality

Over one hundred churches of Scientology in 27 countries around the globe are holding launch events in honor of the International Human Rights Day on December 10th. The Church and YHRI's purpose is to enforce the implementation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), thus making human rights a fact.

The UDHR is the document which guarantees basic freedoms to all people signed into existence in 1948 and has since been adopted by 191 countries. The UDHR came out of World War II and the Nazi Holocaust, which killed tens of millions of people. "Never again" means not just the eradication of gas chambers, but the end of all persecution for all time, yet recent surveys show that over 90% of those surveyed do not know of the existence of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. "Education is the key to youth understanding their rights," said Leisa Goodman, Director of the Church's international Human Rights activities.

The Church of Scientology and YHRI have also joined forces to create a Human Rights Handbook. This Handbook contains simple lesson plans for teachers to educate their students on the 30 human rights laid out in the Universal Declaration. Along with this is a release of three human rights Public Service Announcements, each one taking up one article of the Universal Declaration. These PSAs use similar concepts to YHRI's theme song "United," a street-savvy emotionally impacting 5-minute human rights music video that has captured audiences young and old from the United States to Russia and Taiwan.

"United" was filmed and directed by talented filmmaker, Taron Lexton, then 19-years-old. It has now won six national and international film festival awards including the prestigious New York Independent International "Grand Jury" award for best "Short Film," and has been screened to more than 40 million people.

"By teaching human rights to our youth, we are equipping them with a tool not only to defend their own rights, but to combat such evils as human trafficking, child prostitution and enforced ignorance," said Goodman. "The Scientology religion's founder L. Ron Hubbard stated that 'Human rights must be made a fact not an idealistic dream.'" For more information visit YHRI's website at http://www.youthforhumanrights.org.

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