Life, liberty, security, freedom from slavery and servitude, freedom from torture and abuse, the right to equal treatment and to education, to citizenship, and to full participation in the cultural and political lives of nations, are just a few of the inalienable rights of mankind outlined in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
But the protection of those basic human rights has been a complex and complicated issue in a world where cultural and political ideas conflict with those rights.
The Church of Scientology’s support for the advancement and protection of human rights has been strengthened by its creation of two potent non-profit organisations—United for Human Rights and Youth for Human Rights—which have published and distributed more than 60 million educational documents to inform people about their rights. Materials speak directly to young people in age–appropriate language to create a catalyst for student awareness, and for activism.
Where there exists a lack of understanding about our rights as human beings, the support from the Church and its partners in religious and secular rights organisations has provided educators, students and human rights activists with tools to sow the seeds of a deeper understanding of the importance of those rights—and encourage citizens to demand their recognition.
United for Human Rights volunteers here in Ireland bring a similar message of respect and understanding to schools, teachers, government organisations and churches, to establish human rights educational initiatives, and to support the commitment of the Irish to the protection of human dignity for all people.
“IN TEACHING YOUTH AROUND THE WORLD THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS, YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE CREATING VALUABLE ADVOCATES FOR THE PROMOTION OF TOLERANCE AND PEACE. I COMMEND THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY FOR WORKING TO INCREASE RESPECT AND DIGNITY OF ALL PEOPLE IN THE FURTHERANCE OF WORLD TOLERANCE AND PEACE.”
OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM,
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE