Brussels Hosts 12th Annual Human Rights Tour

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The Brussels branch of the Churches of Scientology for Europe welcomed the 12th annual Youth for Human Rights World Educational Tour to their city March 11 and hosted a series of activities including workshops, panel discussions, concert and awards ceremony.

Youth for Human Rights Brussels volunteers in the city’s famed Grand Platz.

Our international summits have brought about real expansion of Human Rights Education around the world.

The need for human rights reforms in Belgium and throughout the EU was the focus and theme of each of the events March 11, organized by the Brussels branch of the Churches of Scientology of Europe in coordination with the 12th annual Youth for Human Rights World Education Tour.

As home to the principal institutions of the European Union, what happens in Brussels affects the lives of the more than 500 million people in the EU’s 28 member states and extends across the globe.

For the past three years, Brussels has hosted the International Human Rights Summit organized by Youth for Human Rights International in coordination with the Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology International.

“Our international summits have brought about real expansion of Human Rights Education around the world,” said Mary Shuttleworth, President of Youth for Human Rights International. “Now it is also time to focus on what can be accomplished right here in Brussels to expand Human Rights.”

Shuttleworth conducted a seminar for the Brussels chapter of Youth for Human Rights and the youth came away with a greater understanding of how human rights education can impact the issues confronting EU member states today, from economic challenges to discrimination, racism and the marginalization of Roma, immigrants, and asylum seekers.

Chapter members were eager to expand their activities, which they did several days later by participating in the “Together in Peace” march through the streets of the city in support of peace and mutual respect.

The 2015 World Tour launched Feb 28 from the United States and traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean and Great Britain en route to this series of activities in Belgium. This was the fourth leg of the tour that continues on to Albania, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Nepal and Taiwan.

Since 2004, the Youth for Human Rights World Education Tour has visited more than 80 countries to promote the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and human rights education. The purpose of Youth for Human Rights International is to teach young people the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights to inspire them to become advocates of tolerance and peace.

The Church of Scientology supports United for Human Rights (UHR) and its program for young people, Youth for Human Rights. United for Human Rights has provided educational materials in 17 languages to more than 150 nations. Some 21,000 schools have used its human rights materials.

To make United for Human Rights and the other humanitarian and social betterment initiatives it supports even more broadly available, the Church of Scientology has published a brochure, Voice for Humanity—Real Help, Real Results.

Inspired by the words of L. Ron Hubbard, Founder of the Scientology religion, that “a being is only as valuable as he can serve others,” Scientologists wholeheartedly support these programs. Participation and collaboration in these initiatives is invited and welcomed from all who seek to improve conditions for themselves and others.

For more information, visit the Scientology website at http://www.Scientology.org/how-we-help/voice-for-humanity.

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