Scientologists for Human Rights Down Under

Teams of Australian Scientologists took to the streets December 10 in support of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In cities around Australia, Scientologists mobilized in support of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, Human Rights Day—the 64th anniversary of its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly.

In Sydney, Scientologists organized a Youth for Human Rights Freedom Walk from Milson Point Train Station to Sydney Harbor Bridge. They carried hundreds of helium balloons and placards listing out the articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Melbourne Scientologists carried human rights placards and a large human rights banner from the National Gallery on St. Kilda Road, to the Arts Centre, over Princes Bridge, past Flinders Street Station and Swanston Street, and ended their walk at Federation Square where Youth for Human Rights public service announcements were playing on a big screen.

These were two of more than 60 human rights walks that took place in 30 countries on Human Rights Day, in what has become a grassroots movement driven by young members of Youth for Human Rights International.

In Adelaide, at Rundle Mall, Scientologists distributed educational flyers on the Universal Declaration of Human Right.

Canberra Scientologists met with ambassadors and senior officials in several embassies to present them with human rights educational materials and inform them of the human rights education program the Church supports.

These Human Rights Day activities conducted across Australia forward a purpose Scientologists in countries around the world pursue year round—to make human rights an everyday reality.

The Church of Scientology supports United for Human Rights and its youth component, Youth for Human Rights International. 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 new 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 it supports. To learn more, visit

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.”