A Year for Human Rights Begins in Amsterdam

Church of Scientology Amsterdam kicks off the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at its stunning new home

Guests toured the Public Information Center to learn more about the human rights education campaign and how they can use it in their own areas.

The Church of Scientology Amsterdam’s expansive new home at Wibautstraat 112 on the city’s Knowledge Mile was the perfect venue for the launch of 12 months of human rights activities to raise awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its 70th anniversary year.

Those attending were introduced to United for Human Rights (UHR), a human rights initiative supported by the Church of Scientology. The program is active in 192 countries and partners with 1,500 groups and organizations.

The Director of Public Affairs for the Church briefed those attending on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Church’s plans to greatly increase awareness of the document over the coming year. She screened The Story of Human Rightsan award-winning documentary that presents the history of human rights and its state in the world today. The film is one of the key elements of the United for Human Rights educational initiative.

Guests were then invited to visit the Church’s Public Information Center for refreshments and to watch public service announcements that describe each of the 30 articles of the UDHR.

Next was a presentation by a representative of Human Rights Without Frontiers on the state of human rights and particularly freedom of religion in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, where he has traveled extensively on anthropological studies.

The Church of Scientology is founded on the principles of human rights. Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard encouraged Scientologists to be active in this area, stating, “It is vital that all thinking men urge upon their governments sweeping reforms in the field of human rights.” As part of the Code of a Scientologist, parishioners pledge “to support true humanitarian endeavors in the fields of human rights.” 

For more information on United for Human Rights and its program for young people, Youth for Human Rights, visit the Scientology website.

Media requests: email publicaffairs@churchofscientology.net 

Source: Church of Scientology Amsterdam


Categories: Religion, Community News, Human Rights

Tags: human rights, United for Human Rights, United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Youth for Human Rights


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