March 10, 2006

Sign-A-Thon Weekend Brings Human Rights To The Forefront

With war and violence tearing societies apart and human rights violations occurring in all corners of the world, the Church of Scientology of San Diego took part in an international “Human Rights Sign-a-thon Weekend” to promote the dissemination and implementation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Organized as a global effort by the Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology International, the “Sign-a-thon” is a grass roots action to get thousands of citizens signing onto a petition to raise awareness and teach human rights. Churches of Scientology around the world participated in the weekend of events, teaming up with like minded groups and organizations.

Making their voices heard, members of the Church of Scientology of San Diego went to the border to gather signatures from U.S. and Mexican citizens to urge the government to implement the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and make it be broadly displayed and promoted; with human rights education made available to children and adults throughout the world.

“I think it’s really important that we as a people communicate to the government with something as vital as basic human rights for everyone,” said Patty Wilkins of the Church’s Human Rights Department. “The show of support by everyone who signed gives us hope that we can improve the conditions of our society.”

This petition is one aspect of the Church’s Making Human Rights a Global Reality campaign which has the purpose of promoting tolerance and peace through human rights awareness and education. The Founder of Scientology, humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard stated that, “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.”

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