French Scientologists Celebrate

UN Human Rights Year of Learning

Scientology volunteers across France are concluding the United Nations International Year of Human Rights Learning and celebrating Human Rights Day 2009 after a year of weekly human rights education events in Paris, Lyons, Marseilles, Vannes, Clermont-Ferrand, and Nice.  The young activists dedicated more than 5,000 man-hours to the cause and estimate they promoted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a document drafted by a UN Committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1948 to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, to more than 48,000 people in France in 2009.

Scientology Youth in France in partnership with Youth for Human Rights International work to give new meaning to human rights education.
Champions of human rights for decades, Churches of Scientology have spearheaded human rights reforms since the 1950s and in partnership with Youth for Human Rights International have distributed over 1.5 million human rights educational publications and obtained over 200,000 signatures in support of human rights education.

In addition to gaining support from individuals for human rights education through petition drives, the youth distributed human rights booklets at music concerts, discussed actions to counter racial discrimination on a radio program and created their own song and dance performances to call attention to the UDHR article on Freedom of Expression.  The volunteers also supported UN General-Secretary Ban Ki Moon’s call for a global ceasefire on the International Day of Peace, by distributing booklets at the Esplanade des Droits de l’Homme (Esplanade of Human Rights) where a monument commemorates the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration.

“Human rights are something everyone needs to know,” said one volunteer.  “That way you make sure everybody’s human rights are respected, including your own.”