Scientology Europe participates as co-organizer at Human Rights event in United Nations Geneva

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].

Europe was present at the Youth for Human Rights International representatives from 42 nations were a noteworthy pressence at the 2017 International Human Rights Summit at the United Nations

The fourteenth Annual International Human Rights Summit, prepared by Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI), an arm of United for Human Rights, was held at United Nations central station in New York City in August 2017. Approximately 360 individuals from 64 nations, including ambassadors, U.N. diplomats, human rights activists, teachers and agents of nongovernmental associations, participated at the three-day occasion, which was trailed by an open house in the Church of Scientology Community Center in Harlem.

Solidarity IN DIVERSITY The summit included youth activists, chose for their achievements in raising human rights mindfulness.

Youth for Human Rights agents informed envoys and representatives on the fundamental role the Church plays in supporting the YHRI battle.

Diplomats from Cambodia and Panama welcomed YHRI for high-level meetings with their authorities in the ministries of education and those of foreign policy and different offices to examine the potential for receiving human rights programs in the two countries. Furthermore, negotiators from Italy, Ireland, Brazil and Liechtenstein investigated approaches to hold comparable meetings between their states and YHRI.

When a significant part of the world is wracked by a broad refugee crisis, fanatic viciousness and the risky ascent of religious persecution, United for Human Rights proceeds to overwhelmingly reaffirm and protect the fundamental values of human rights in its mission to help bring international rules of social equality.

Standing up Francis-Xavier Kojo Sosu, illustrative of Youth for Human Rights Africa, addresses delegates, lamenting Africa’s human rights infringement.

United for Human Rights, bolstered by the Church of Scientology, works together with government offices and nongovernmental associations to spread mindfulness and execution of the standards revered in the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration, which has been translated into more than 500 dialects and tongues, holds that not only are individuals similarly qualified for their human rights wherever they are with no discrimination, yet that their rights—to education, work and equity, for instance—are interrelated, indivisible and interdependent.

At the human rights summit in New York City, YHRI delegates from various foundations worked with each other and exchanged their succesful programs and practices in educating others about human rights in their local areas. Other than direct coaching and on-the-ground information sharing, the representatives met with top-level state authorities from countries extending from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Cuba to France, Ireland and Italy. The authorities imparted their own knowledge and experiences of learning to the adolescents and gave them with a platform that spans internationally.

The founding president of YHRI, Mary Shuttleworth, was the master of ceremonies at the summit, which included roundtables on the overall scourge of human trafficking, and leadership and group activism. Marisol Nichols, performing artist and founder of Foundation for a Slavery Free World, a nonprofit against trafficking, showed a film to the delegates about her covert work to uncover human trafficking.

Previous Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sánchez, who won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in helping put an end to Central American common wars, was the summit’s keynote speaker. Shuttleworth gave Sánchez YHRI’s Human Rights Hero Award.

 

Scientology representative demands action from OSCE – ODIHR in Warsaw about Russian religious repression

Ivan Arjona at OSCE HDIM 2017

Warsaw, Poland • 15th September 2017 – Oral presentation at the OSCE – ODIHR Meeting of 2017, Working session 9—discussions concerning tolerance and nondiscrimination. From the Church of Scientology Human Rights and Public Affairs Office, Mr. Ivan Arjona presented an oral statement on the urgent need to take action on the Russian Federation for its violation of international human rights covenants and its refusal to abide by decisions of the EU Court of Human Rights.

I call upon OSCE and participant states to facilitate dialogue between the Church of Scientology and the Russian Federation to end the religious freedom crisis and avoid further discrimination against children in the educational system. READ FULL ORAL STATEMENT HERE