The UN recognizes and gives Special Consultative Status to the Foundation created by Scientology in Spain

The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations grants special Consultative Status to the Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society[i].

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society [Foundation MEJORA], has just received a letter from the United Nations NGO Branch. The message informs them that the UN ECOSOC -at its Coordination and Management Meeting of July 23 of this year- has decided to grant the Foundation the recognition of ‘Organization with Special Consultative Status for ECOSOC’.

With this recognition, the Foundation will now have official representatives at the UN in Geneva, Vienna and New York. According to the United Nations website:

The consultative status is granted by ECOSOC and gives NGOs access to both ECOSOC and its many subsidiary bodies, the various United Nations human rights mechanisms,… and special events organized by the President of the General Assembly[ii]

https://research.un.org/es/ngo
Offical letter

being able to present written and oral statements to different organs such as the UN Human Rights Council, and even organize conferences of their own within the United Nations.

The UN approves the application for the Special status

The Foundation MEJORA was founded in 2015 by the Church of Scientology of Spain. It registered into the National Registry of Foundations under the Protectorate of the then Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. As stated in its original request to the United Nations, the Foundation said that based on its:

“vision of a human development through respect for and observation of the Universal Human Rights as well as the application of core values such as human rights, equality, tolerance, respect for human life, peace, democracy and individual freedom” established its mission to “defend, promote, teach and disseminate the Human Rights as included in the Spanish Constitution as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international covenants, to promote pragmatic Scientology values and practices [note: developed by L. Ron Hubbard] aiming at the improvement of individual and social life, and to promote tolerance in all aspects of societal cohabitation…”.

In this application that has just been approved by the Economic and Social Council, the Foundation has documented and stated that:

“MEJORA’s work is done without any discrimination as to gender, sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity and contributes actively to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially regarding the SDG 3, 5, 11 and 16.”.

Fundación para la Mejora de la Vida, la Cultura y la Sociedad
Ivan Arjona-Pelado at the European Parliament. 2019

It acts not only in Spain but at European and international level.

Iván Arjona-Pelado, President of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation and for more than two years of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights, has stated that:

“The Foundation for the IMPROVEMENT of Life, carries out in Spain the campaigns of ‘Youth for Human Rights’, ‘The Truth About Drugs’, ‘The Way to Happiness’ among others, and began working mainly at the national level in collaboration with other civil society organizations, the private sector, as well as public institutions. However, since three years we decided to expand its activity at European and international level, starting operations in countries such as Colombia, Belgium, Mexico, Switzerland, the United States, and many others”.

In the United Nations, they have already co-organized a multitude of conferences at UN facilities in Geneva, Vienna and even New York. These were addressing human trafficking, human rights education, religious freedom and drug prevention.

At the European level, they are registered in the Transparency Register of the European Union. MEJORA has actively participated in the Faith and Freedom Summit NGO coalition that held its last event at the European Parliament in Brussels. The Foundation for the Improvement of Life also participates in numerous initiatives, events and conferences. On the coming 6th September, it will organize the 6th Edition of the Religious Freedom Awards that among its awardees count multiple scholars and officials of recognized prestige in the field of Freedom of Religion or Belief.

For more information:

Email: fundacion[a]mejorandolasociedad.org — Web: www.mejorandolasociedad.org

Opinion article about Discrimination of Scientologists by Munich authorities. Written by Prof. Georges Elia Sarfati 🗺

ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN SPECIALIZED NEWSPAPER NEWEUROPE.EU

Is Germany, in 2019, really the democratic state we believe it to be? Are freedom of conscience and expression respected by the authorities as most Europeans think? There is every reason to believe that this is not the case when we consider the poor faith trials, as well as the discrimination suffered by the followers or sympathisers of the Church of Scientology whose inspiration and value system have their source in the thought and work of the writer L. Ron Hubbard.  …

Scientology TV launches news season, including European content 🗺

Los Angeles (CA) – Tonight, Monday, October 8, 2018 at 8 pm the Scientology Network begins its second season with more than 60 new episodes showing every aspect of the world’s youngest major religion and its global humanitarian mission.

Since launching on March 12 with more than 70 hours of programming, the Scientology Network has been viewed in 237 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages spotlighting the lives of Scientologists; showing the Church as a global organization; and presenting its social betterment programs that have touched the lives of millions.

The network has been praised for shattering the paradigm of religious broadcasting, ushering in a new era that shows a religion in action, making the world better. The Scientology Network doesn’t preach but, instead, through its dynamic selection of programs, simply shows the religion, its members and its work, so that viewers can see for themselves and this new Fall season includes also European content.

The network also uniquely features the good works of those across all major faiths, while providing a platform for independent filmmakers www.scientology.tv/series/documentary-showcase/  to air poignant, uplifting films on important social issues that underscore the goodness of the human spirit and show how determined individuals can make a difference.

The new season will launch with a three-hour special featuring programs across the channel’s spectrum of content, including:

Inside Scientology as it goes behind the scenes at Scientology Media Productions, where all television programming is produced and broadcast.

Meet a Scientologist spotlighting an acclaimed Emmy Award-winning television and film composer.

Destination: Scientology goes inside the Church of Scientology in the heart of New York City.

Voices for Humanity shows the efforts of a courageous champion for drug education who takes on New Jersey’s addiction crisis.

Is It Possible to Be Happy?, the landmark article in L. Ron Hubbard’s own voice.

For more information on the network debut, click here: https://www.scientology.tv/news/new-scientology-network-season-debuts.html

You can see the Scientology Network on DirecTV channel 320 or through live streaming via www.scientology.tv or:

APPLE TV app download here — AMAZON FIRE TV app download here —  ROKU app download here

Discover Scientology UNCENSORED, the history and aim of our new TV Channel

By MICHAEL BRENNAN & DAN LUZADDER. Years in the planning, the Church’s new television network reaches every corner of the planet with a message about helping others.

The Scientology Network went live with the flip of a switch at 8 p.m. on March 12, 2018, instantly ushering in a momentous new era by which the religion is disseminated to millions of people across the United States and hundreds of millions more worldwide over the internet. From the three-story atrium of the Church’s landmark Flag Building at its spiritual home in Clearwater, Florida, Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, welcomed the world to the network with a powerful introduction during its first minutes on the air to explain the mission of something that redefines religious broadcasting.

“You’ve probably heard of Scientology,” Mr. Miscavige stated. “In fact, every six seconds someone searches the question, ‘What is Scientology?’ There’s a lot of talk about us, and we get it. People are curious. Well, we want to answer your questions, because, frankly, whatever you have heard, if you haven’t heard it from us, I can assure you, we are not what you expect.”

Mr. David Miscavige, Ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion

WELCOME — Mr. David Miscavige welcomes viewers to the launch of the Scientology Network from the atrium of the Church’s 21st-century Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida.

“Scientology is a dynamic and expanding religion, and we’re going to be showing you all of it.”

Mr. David Miscavige, Ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion

Mr. Miscavige described to the audience watching on TV screens, computers and mobile devices worldwide the purpose of the new Scientology Network—let viewers see and experience the religion for themselves with a fresh take on the religious broadcasting genre. People would view what they never see in the media today—who Scientologists are, what Scientology is and what Scientology can do—as told by Scientologists themselves around the world for the first time on any network. “Scientology is a dynamic and expanding religion, and we’re going to be showing you all of it.”

Mr. Miscavige continued: “Let’s be clear, we’re not here to preach to you, to convince you or to convert you. No, we simply want to show you. Because, after all, the first principle of Scientology is that ‘It’s only true if it is true for you.’”

With the launch of the Scientology Network, as outlined within this special edition of Freedom magazine, the Church is opening new frontiers in its global effort to bring about a better world.

The Scientology religion is expanding at an ever-quickening pace. It is attracting new members daily. New Churches are being built around the world to accommodate the demand, and to serve as centers for its humanitarian missions, including its efforts to reduce drug abuse and dependence, to improve learning through educational programs, to encourage and support social justice and human rights and to teach the lessons that Mr. Hubbard found crucial in fostering change.

As you will read in this special edition, the Church of Scientology now has the means to tell its own story by showing the world who Scientologists are, what they do and the work they do to help bring about an advanced civilization and society, developing and perfecting the technological expertise behind the message. And that message is, and has always been, to realize the goal of a world without insanity, without criminals, without war—one, as Mr. Hubbard envisioned, where man is free to rise to greater heights.

The Church has been dedicated to doing this work for many years, and it has had an impact. Its humanitarian programs have reached tens of millions of people, bringing opportunity and hope. As the world’s youngest major religion, and the only one able to bring the world the unadulterated words and insights of its Founder, it is now embarked on a greater mission: to bring Scientology solutions and Scientology spiritual understanding to millions more people on every continent of Earth.

But, for many around the world, the story of Scientology and its benefits and insights into human spirituality have been misunderstood and mischaracterized, sometimes purposely distorted. That has not been unexpected, because the Church has faced what all world religions have faced, especially when they are new: skepticism, doubt and critics. But now, as this new era of communication unfolds, the Church can begin to tell its own story, factually, frankly and fully.

Scientology not only helps individuals discover their own spirituality, it honors good works, creativity, imagination, compassion and goodwill.

Those who come with curiosity about Scientology find it represents something unique: its technology is neither obscure nor in dispute. Scientologists the world over have the benefit of the living words of the Church’s Founder, who devoted his life to developing a gift to Mankind—the gift of understanding oneself, of reaching greater spiritual awareness, and the important recognition that Man’s inalienable human rights are shared by the souls of men. These have been important steps within the religion’s quest for human and spiritual freedom, and are reflected in the accounts that follow of how, and why, the Church has reached this historic moment in time.

From its history and development to its principles and acceptance throughout the world, this is a story like none ever told of any religion before, with elements both ancient and modern. And it is now told in the most modern way possible, by bringing the Church’s own television channel to the nations of the world.

Scientology not only helps individuals discover their own spirituality, it honors good works, creativity, imagination, compassion and goodwill. It reaches out to people around the world to disseminate its primary message: that the greatest human right is the right to help. And that is its overarching purpose, its intent and its mission, bound by its Founder never to forsake.

Church members have expressed their excitement to come to this place in the Church’s history, and from here they see a bright future. Scientologists know Scientology works for millions. And through this new network, viewers can discover how seriously the work of the Church is taken—work to clear the pathways to peace and happiness that Founder L. Ron Hubbard discovered, explained and codified. Viewers will see how it positively affects the lives of Scientologists.

This is the Church’s story, its vision and realization of the technology that allowed it to develop the kind of communication to help achieve its aims and its hopes for all of Mankind. Hearing the true story, learning about the unique insights that Scientology technology offers to Mankind, and sharing with Scientologists everywhere the message of hope that the Church has for a better world, introduces new perspectives on ancient questions. The Church is intent on bringing new light to an old world in a bold, new way, and with unassailable aims, on the path that its Founder envisioned, with the road ahead clearly marked by his insights on the human condition.

Read FULL article in FREEDOMMAG.ORG

Regarding Discrimination on Scientology and Others in the Russian Federation

Scientology Presentation to Working Session 6 at the OSCE – ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of 2017 Warsaw, Poland • Oral presentation at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe – Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Meeting of 2017, Working Session 6. From the Church of Scientology Human Rights and Public Affairs Office, Mr. Ivan Arjona delivered a statement: “Regarding Discrimination on Scientology and Others in the Russian Federation,” presented in full below.

Read more at World Religion News: “Regarding Discrimination on Scientology and Others in the Russian Federation”.

My Thoughts on the Scientology Religious Order—the Sea Organization on its 50th Anniversary

The religious order of the Scientology religion—the Sea Organization—celebrates its Golden Anniversary.
It was August 12, 1967, in the Spanish Canary Islands. Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard had resigned from the position of Executive Director of the Church a year before, was pursuing a research project into the spiritual nature of mankind, assisted by a handful of veteran Scientologists. On this date, he published a directive stating that this group, the Sea Organization, is now “a permanent establishment within the official Scientology network.” Today, a corps of some 7,000 men and women, the Sea Org is the religious order of the Scientology religion. Its members administer and protect the purity of the religion. Historical Background of Religious Orders Gautama Buddha (ca. 563–483 BCE) created the  Read more at World Religion News: “My Thoughts on the Scientology Religious Order—the Sea Organization on its 50th