For Immediate Release

Melbourne Oromo Community Sees Human Rights Education as Key to Peaceful Resolution of Conflict

The Church of Scientology of Melbourne organized a human rights education workshop for leaders of the Australian Oromo Community.

Leaders of the African Oromo Community in Melbourne attended a human rights seminar July 7, 2013, as the first step of a program to bring change and hope to the Oromo people. The training session, organized by the Church of Scientology of Melbourne, introduced community leaders to the human rights education program of Youth for Human Rights, an initiative supported by the Church of Scientology.

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The Oromo are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, representing 35 percent of the population. Oromo leaders see this program as the key to a peaceful resolution of decades-long conflict in their country and restoring the rights of the Oromo people.

After watching The Story of Human Rights documentary and human rights public service announcements, attendees decided to use the Youth for Human Rights program to educate Oromo youth in Melbourne and to help see that the materials are made available to those on both sides of the conflict in Ethiopia.

Scientologists on five continents engage in collaborative efforts with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations to bring about broad-scale awareness and implementation of the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world’s premier human rights document.

The Church of Scientology published Scientology: How We Help—United for Human Rights, Making Human Rights a Global Reality, to meet requests for more information about the human rights education and awareness initiative the Church supports. To learn more, visit www.Scientology.org/humanrights.

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Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream,” and the Scientology religion is based on the principles of human rights. The Code of a Scientologist calls on all members of the religion to dedicate themselves “to support true humanitarian endeavors in the fields of human rights.”

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