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Celebrate Human Rights Day as The Scientology Network Features Human Rights Heroes

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- In celebration of Human Rights Day 2021, the Church of Scientology International shares the story of brother and sister team Sandra and Felipe Poveda who inspired a culture of human rights in one of the most violent regions on Earth. Their story unfolds on "Voices for Humanity," featured on the Scientology Network.

More than five decades of guerilla warfare left its mark on every level of Colombian society with some 220,000 dead and atrocities reported on both sides.

It was 2009 when a scandal broke implicating the Colombian military with generating what was euphemistically called "false positives." This was the practice of executing civilians, dressing them as guerillas, reporting them as casualties and collecting a bounty.

Sandra Poveda, founder of Youth for Human Rights Colombia, and her brother Felipe, the group's president, approached the Minister of Defense who was trying to deal with this by creating a human rights school for the army. After the Povedas ran a pilot using the Youth for Human Rights educational materials and seeing their impact on the troops, he decided to implement the campaign across the country.

The Povedas enlisted the help of entertainment and sports celebrities, organized concerts, gave TV interviews and arranged for the Youth for Human Rights public service announcements to air on hundreds of stations throughout the country.

They traveled to war zones where they educated troops on the basics of human rights, all based on the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights whose 73rd anniversary is celebrated December 10. Through practical examples of the application of these materials, they got through to soldiers that article 3, the Right to Life, applies to everyone-even to the lives of guerrillas.

The result was unprecedented. In a letter to the Foundation, the director of the Colombian military's human rights school in Bogotá stated that the Foundation's campaigns had contributed to a 96-percent decrease in civilian reports of armed forces' human rights violations.

Their story is documented in an episode of "Voices for Humanity" on the Scientology Network.

In 1948 the United Nations called upon all member countries to publicize the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories." Youth for Human Rights International materials help people of all ages understand the 30 rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Creating a world where human rights are known and protected starts with effective educational programs that reach across all cultural and geographic boundaries.

Inspired by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard's words that "Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream," the Church of Scientology and Scientologists support Youth for Human Rights and make its educational materials available free of charge. Watch a documentary on the history and activities of Youth for Human Rights International on "Voices for Humanity" on the Scientology Network.

Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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For Human Rights Day, Learn of a Human Rights Advocate That Helped Topple a Repressive West African Dictatorship

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Church of Scientology International shares the story of how Nfamara Jawneh and his nonprofit Equality for All ("Beakangyan" in the local language) helped end two decades of tyranny by raising awareness of human rights. His story is featured in an episode of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network.

A 1994 a coup d'etat installed dictator Yaya Jammeh as head if state of The Gambia. The military helped keep him in power through rigged elections, corruption and force. Then, in the year 2000, when soldiers fired live ammunition into a crowd of student protestors, ending a dozen young lives, Nfamara Jawneh, a professional journalist, began writing exposés and giving radio and television interviews on the abuses of the government. This brought Jawneh into their crosshairs.

Rather than back down, Jawneh founded a human rights nonprofit. Its purpose: to establish a just society where everyone's rights are respected. Learning of Youth for Human Rights, he requested and received educational materials which he used to raise awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights throughout the country. His campaign is now credited with helping usher in a new era of democracy, with the election of a democratic president in 2017.

In 1948 the United Nations called upon all member countries to publicize the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories." Youth for Human Rights International materials help people of all ages understand the 30 rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Creating a world where human rights are known and protected starts with effective educational programs that reach across all cultural and geographic boundaries.

Inspired by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard's words that "Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream," the Church of Scientology and Scientologists support Youth for Human Rights and make its educational materials available free of charge. Watch a documentary on the history and activities of Youth for Human Rights International on Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network.

Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

For more information, visit the Scientology Newsroom at https://www.scientologynews.org/press-releases/

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On Human Rights Day, the Spotlight is on Mexico on the Scientology Network

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- "Equality," the theme for Human Rights Day 2021, is a goal that informs the work of Youth for Human Rights Mexico President Raúl Arias and his team of activists. The Church of Scientology International shares his episode of Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network in honor of the 73rd anniversary of United Nations adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"When I was 15, I had an experience that changed my life," says Arias in his Voices of Humanity episode. Kidnappers carrying machine guns forced him and one of his best friends into the back of a van. "I thought I was going to die," he says. "They saw in my friend's papers that his father was a general and they didn't want to get into any trouble with the army, so they let us go. That opened my eyes to the world."

He enrolled in a human rights certification program at the National University of Mexico which led to his attending a conference on human trafficking.

"There were about 7,000 people there and most of them were parents carrying photos of missing children," he says. He learned that one in four victims of human trafficking is a child and 99 percent of those trafficked are girls or women. He realized that if he were the parent of one of those missing daughters, he would never give up trying to find her. "That opened my heart to emotions I never had before."

Arias attended an event at the Church of Scientology Mexico, where he was introduced to Youth for Human Rights, a human rights awareness and education program sponsored by the Church of Scientology. "I fell in love with this program," he says.

The episode documents major inroads created by Arias and his team with a movement reaching all segments of society through education on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in schools throughout the country.

In 1969, Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote: "Very few governments have implemented any part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These governments have not grasped that their very survival depends utterly upon adopting such reforms and thus giving their peoples a cause, a civilization worth supporting, worth their patriotism."

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists support Youth for Human Rights and make its educational materials available free of charge. Watch a documentary on the history and activities of Youth for Human Rights International on Voices for Humanity on the Scientology Network. Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms. For more information, visit the Scientology Newsroom.

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