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World Tour 2019 Brings Human Rights Education to Angola

World Tour 2019 Brings Human Rights Education to Angola

​Youth for Human Rights International reached out to Angola with tools to help the country live up to its full potential. Despite vast natural resources and one of the most rapidly growing economies in the world, Angola faces critical social…

New York Joins Over 100 Cities in Global Commemoration of the 60th Tibetan National Uprising Day

New York Joins Over 100 Cities in Global Commemoration of the 60th Tibetan National Uprising Day

2019 marks both the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising and the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. With over one million Uyghurs currently detained in internment camps, March 10, 2019 marks an important symbol of solidarity among those affected by China's abuse.…

Human Rights World Tour 2019: Returning to Its Roots

Human Rights World Tour 2019: Returning to Its Roots

Youth for Human Rights International launched its 16th annual World Educational Tour in South Africa. Arriving Feb. 22, the visit was a homecoming—as South Africa was one of the stops of the first World Educational Tour in 2004. But even…

Circling the Globe Once More in the Name of Human Rights

Circling the Globe Once More in the Name of Human Rights

​Youth for Human Rights International World Educational Tour sets out for the 16th time. The goal: to make human rights a fact by raising awareness and understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “I believe in the incredibly powerful…

Youth for Human Rights International World Educational Tour

Youth for Human Rights International World Educational Tour

The 16th annual Youth for Human Rights International World Educational Tour is circling the globe to make human rights a reality. This year, the tour will participate in conferences and meet with officials, educators and nongovernmental organizations in Angola, Ethiopia,…

Involuntary Commitment: What is the Law? What Are Your Rights?

Involuntary Commitment: What is the Law? What Are Your Rights?

​Citizen Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Los Angeles chapter organized a forum at the Church of Scientology Pasadena on a vital subject: how to protect oneself and one’s loved ones from involuntary commitment. Treatment Advocacy Center gives California an “F”…

Child Drugging Should Be the Last Resort Claims CCHR

Child Drugging Should Be the Last Resort Claims CCHR

The Seattle chapter of Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) sponsored a community forum at the Church of Scientology Seattle on alternatives to psychiatric drugging of minors in Washington State and to inform parents of a new code revision put in place to safeguard Washington…

Breaking the Vicious Pattern of Domestic Violence

Breaking the Vicious Pattern of Domestic Violence

According to a survey conducted by the California Department of Health Care Services and the California Department of Public Health, some 40 percent of California women have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. Verbal and physical domestic abuse is an illness…

Activists Protest the Drugging of Japanese Toddlers

Activists Protest the Drugging of Japanese Toddlers

Members of the mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) protested against psychiatrists for administering powerful psychotropic drugs to children.  Dozens of irate protesters took to the streets with bullhorns and banners at the annual congress of the Japanese…

Warning Santa Monica About Psychiatric Abuse

Warning Santa Monica About Psychiatric Abuse

Alarming statistics have surfaced showing the danger of long-term use of psychotropic drugs. According to a survey of 250 long-term users of these drugs, 74 percent wanted to quit because of drug side effects. Of those who tried to quit, 54 percent experienced…

Activists March for Mandatory Human Rights Education

Activists March for Mandatory  Human Rights Education

As the new year approaches, human rights violations are a fact of life internationally: poverty, illiteracy, persecution of populations based on ethnic or religious differences, and more victims of human trafficking than during the peak of the slave trade of…

Human Rights Day Conference to Achieve the Goals of the UDHR

Human Rights Day Conference to Achieve the Goals of the UDHR

On the 70th anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), some 120 representatives of NGOs and religious groups filled Room VII of the Palais des Nations, once home to the League of Nations and…

Representatives of 25 Nations Celebrate 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Representatives of 25 Nations Celebrate 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Representatives of 25 nations celebrated the 70th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) at the “Diversity Meets Equality” event at the Church of Scientology & Community Centre in Dublin. Erin King-Swords (22), president of Youth for Human Rights (YHR)…

Bringing Universal Rights to The Eternal City

Bringing Universal Rights to The Eternal City

Community leaders and officials including mayors representing more than 10 cities pledged their support of human rights education at a conference Dec. 10, held at the National Parliament of the Republic of Italy.  The celebration marked the 70th anniversary of…

South Bay Religions Come Together in the Name of World Peace

South Bay Religions Come Together in the Name of World Peace

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Dec. 10, the Church of Scientology in San Jose, California, hosted an interfaith open house and panel discussion attended by college students and members of various faiths. The topics…

Standing Up as a United Force for Human Rights

Standing Up as a United Force for Human Rights

​Dec. 10, 2018, marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Defining the 30 rights possessed by humanity, the UDHR remains the world’s premier human rights document. However, few can name even more than 10 percent of the 30…

Church of Scientology Nashville Religious Freedom Day Service

Church of Scientology Nashville Religious Freedom Day Service

“Without freedom of religion, or freedom of thought, freedom itself cannot exist,” said Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Nashville Church of Scientology at a special Sunday service to observe International Religious Freedom Day. Rev. Fesler, active in the Nashville interfaith community, organized…

Rock Band Plays an Unexpected Role in Human Rights Education

Rock Band Plays an Unexpected Role in Human Rights Education

Rock for Human Rights (R4HR) is a rock and roll group with a mission: to educate kids about their human rights through music. They are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights with their “30 Days—30 Rights Tour,”…

'Oscar Arias: Without a Shot Fired' a Revolutionary Concept — Peace Without an Army on DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE

'Oscar Arias: Without a Shot Fired' a Revolutionary Concept — Peace Without an Army on DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE

Scientology Network’s DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE, the weekly series providing a platform for independent filmmakers to air films on important social, cultural and environmental issues, presents Oscar Arias: Without a Shot Fired, the story of one man’s belief in national peace without the need…

Rev. Frederick Shaw: Rallying the NAACP to End Psychiatric Abuse of African American Children

In a new documentary in “The Voices for Humanity” series on the Scientology TV network, human rights advocate Rev. Frederick Shaw, Jr. takes on the multi-billion dollar psychiatric interests in drugging and electroshocking children, especially in his African American community.…

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