The Church of Scientology participated as one of the main co-sponsors of the event of the 70th Anniversary of the UDHR organized by over 20 civil society organizations and Permanent Missions of Estonia, Finland, Philippine and Slovac Republic.
The event, celebrated on December 10th at the original UN room of the League of Nations between 1936 and 1946 in Geneva [Room VII], was headed and organized by CAP Freedom of Conscience and the Fundacion Vida Green Ecological Group, two human rights organizations with which the Church of Scientology work tightly to defend the rights of everyone on earth, fighting religious persecutions, human trafficking and as well as racial discriminations and of all sorts.
In representation of the Church was Mr. Ivan Arjona-Pelado, President of the Brussels based European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs, who was honored with being one of the Masters of Ceremonies of the celebration because of his key implication in the organization of the event.
During his speech at the panel dedicated to the actions of faith-based organization to promote Human Rights, Mr. Arjona-Pelado spoke of the origins of the Creed of the Church of Scientology, which developed by founder L. Ron Hubbard states that “all Men [meaning both Men and Women] of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights… inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance… inalienable rights to their own lives…” and also made reference to the work being done through the campaigns UNITED for HUMAN RIGHTS and YOUTH for HUMAN RIGHTS because of the incredible materials they have produced with the support of the Church and its members.
He continued saying that: “we not only urge our own people to KNOW, LEARN and APPLY the UDHR, but we also make sure everyone around us get to know them. It is our duty to engage civil servants, diplomats, with people from different beliefs and non believers, to make sure that the Right to Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion can be enjoyed by every human being, and it is in this light that we have fought for this right and others at the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the OSCE and even the United Nations Human Rights Council, defending Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and every other existing religion and ways of belief”.
And he concluded with this final statement and call: “We should all be UNITED for HUMAN RIGHTS, we should all STANDUP4HUMANRIGHTS. Lets share our success stories, lets use the materials provided by many, to make Human Rights, in this 70th Anniversary of the UDHR, a sustainable reality well in its way”.
Among the circa 120 participants to the event, there were representatives of numerous civil society organizations, as well as personnel from the UN Permanent Missions of Armenia, Angola, Congo, Cuba, Gabon, Georgia, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Soudan, Sri Lanka, Uruguay and Zambia.
With speeches from over 20 NGOs, churches and activists, the attendees learned a grasp of good practices around the world to make Human Rights known, being education a key factor most of the speeches.
The Conference was structured with different themes, and starting with a panel in which the co-organizing missions encouraged all the activists to keep working on Human Rights and to do it together with the states.
This was followed with the screening of the award-winning documentary ”The History of Human Rights” (www.humanrights.com), produced by United for Human Rights and Youth for Human Rights, and which the attendees applauded with great enthusiasm and admiration.
The 2nd panel topic was: Education – Knowing and understanding the UDHR to apply it, was moderated by Mr. Luis Alberto Alarcon-Valencia, Chairman of the ECOSOC Foundation Life Green Ecological Group, and had the participation of the representatives of “Humanidad de Oro” [Mexico], “United for Human Rights International”, “Association of Training and Orientation to the Refugee and Migrants (FOARE)[Spain-Colombia-Venezuela], “Foundation for a Drug Free Europe” [Sweden], and “Corporación Vida SILOE” (Colombia-Spain).
The topic of the 3rd panel: Faith based organizations committing to the UDHR, was moderated by Mr. Martin Weightman, Director of the UK based All Faiths Network, who had the participation of the representatives of “Assoc. for the Promotion of the Dialogue Intercultural and Interreligious” [Switzerland], “United Sikh International” [United Kingdom], “Muslim Ahmadiyya Community”, “Church of the Light of the World” [USA and Mexico], “Center of Studies on New Religions CESNUR” and the “European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs”.
The 4th and last panel was about the Commitment of activists with public authorities to further & protect the UDHR and it was moderated by Mr. Eric Roux in his capacity of Chairman of the “European Inter-Religious Forum for Religious Freedom” and had the participation of representatives from “Gerard Noodt Foundation” [Holland], “Soteria International [Denmark], “European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion” and the “Fundacion para la Mejora de la Vida, la Cultura y la Sociedad” [Spain].