Why are Scientologists so vocal on the subject of human rights?
Central to Scientology beliefs and tenets is a conviction that all people are endowed with the inalienable rights as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as ratified by the United Nations in 1948. In accord with those convictions, the Church of Scientology sponsors the largest nongovernmental human rights awareness campaign on Earth, providing materials to individuals, groups and government agencies in 82 nations. What Are Human Rights? booklets educate youth and adults on the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in terms anyone can understand.
In 2006 a series of 30 public service announcements were produced by the Church to illustrate each of the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Coupled with a study guide, activities manual and educator’s classroom kit, teachers, human rights groups and governments are furnished effective tools to educate youth and adults on their human rights. An accompanying documentary film, The Story of Human Rights, complements the PSAs, booklets and educator materials as a further tool to bring about a universal awareness and respect for human rights.
The Church’s human rights campaign has thus far touched close to a billion people across six continents.