Churches of Scientology in 27 Nations Celebrated Human Rights Day With New Education Campaign
Released on = December 14, 2005, 12:31 pm
Press Release Author = Gwen Barnard
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Press Release Summary = Churches of Scientology in 27 Nations Celebrated Human Rights Day With New Education Campaign
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Portland, OR - On Saturday, Dec 10th Human Rights Day was celebrated by the Church of Scientology in Portland with over a dozen people converging on Hawthorne Bridge and holding signs for people to "Honk for Human Rights." It was reported that 90% of the cars that drove across the bridge tooted their support for human rights.
But it wasn't just cars that honked. Pedestrians, bicyclists and car passengers yelled "Honk, honk" or rang their bells when they saw what the celebration was all about.
Over one hundred churches of Scientology in 27 countries around the globe held launch events in honor of the International Human Rights Day on December 10th. The Church of Scientology and Youth for Human Rights International's purpose is to enforce the implementation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, thus making human rights a fact.
The Universal Declaration on Human Rights was adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution on Dec 10th 1948. The Assembly called upon all member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and \"to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.\"
Recent surveys showed that over 90% of those surveyed did not know of the existence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Yet this is the document which guarantees basic freedoms to all people. Signed into existence in 1948, this document has now 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.
"Education is the key to youth understanding their rights," said Leisa Goodman, director of the Church's international human rights activities.