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Melbourne Human Rights Advocate Honored at Church of Scientology

The Church of Scientology of Melbourne hosted a human rights award event to mark United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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Community leaders gathered at the Church of Scientology of Melbourne on United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in October, to honor an exceptional young human rights advocate, Soreti Kadir, 18, who is also World Vision Youth Ambassador for Tasmania and Victoria. Kadir represented the Oromo Community, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, as the first Australian delegate to attend the Youth for Human Rights International Human Rights Summit September 6-8 in Brussels.

Kadir has a passion to help others. As a World Vision Youth Ambassador she was one of a team of youth who traveled from Australia to Malawi last year to gain firsthand knowledge of the effects of poverty.

At the conference at the Church of Scientology of Melbourne, she spoke of her experiences in Malawi. She also spoke of the Brussels Summit where she was one of 40 youth delegates representing 30 nations, each selected based on his or her contribution to human rights. The delegates met with UN dignitaries including a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and representatives of the National Commission of Human Rights and Freedom of Cameroon and the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia.

Also awarded at the event was the Australian Oromo Community for its support of human rights and its humanitarian work in the community.

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 has published a brochure, 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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