(Note: as ever, for hostile links, switch “[dot]” to “.” in URLs)

Youth for Human Rights International is one of Scientology’s front groups, particularly aimed at college and university students. It acts as introductory fodder for Scientology teachings, with Hubbard references thrown about alongside Gandhi and Martin Luther King – the architect of human rights violations on a mass scale being used to “promote” human rights. (See this article from 2005) Similarly, YHRI often makes use of The Way to Happiness, a code of ethics in pamphlet form written by Hubbard himself. (Such as this flyer on AIDS.)

YHRI is not above hiding Hubbard and its Scientology ties where necessary, however. An article from Australia, from last year, described one school’s experience with YHRI and the Church of Scientology:

A HUMAN rights youth forum at Parliament House in Sydney promoted the views of the Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and was organised by a group linked to the Church of Scientology.

In a kit given to students, Hubbard’s photograph was more prominent than those of the human rights activists Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Thomas Jefferson. Hubbard’s quotes were littered through the material.

The Church of Scientology is the major sponsor of Youth for Human Rights Australia, the group that organised the youth seminar on March 20 in the NSW Parliament Theatrette.

Three students from Canterbury Girls High School were in the audience. Each felt concerned at overt references to Scientology.

Alice Craven, 17, the school captain at Canterbury Girls, said she felt exploited because the forum’s link to the Church of Scientology was not disclosed in promotional material sent to teachers and students.

In light of these concerns, it is surprising to note universities in the UK promoting links to Youth for Human Rights:

HUMAN RIGHTS (Essex University website section on children and armed conflict.)

.::Youth for Human Rights International teaches youth around the globe about Human Rights, thus helping them to become valuable advocates for the promotion of tolerance and peace.

UN Human Rights System | International Human Rights Video Library (Queen’s University Belfast.)

The 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights

Youth for Human Rights International has created television commericals for each of the thirty human rights enumerated in the Universial Declaration. Visit their website to see each of those videos.

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