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International Day for Tolerance on a Global Scale

Scientology Churches in cities around the world observe the United Nations-designated International Day for Tolerance with petition drives calling on their countries to mandate human rights education.

Los Angeles, CA, November 25, 2009 --( As November 16th is the International Day for Tolerance when people learn about respecting and recognizing the rights and beliefs of others, human rights activists from the Church of Scientology used this day as an opportunity to educate youth and adults on their rights by handing out The Universal Declaration of Human Rights booklets and getting them to sign a petition to mandate human rights at the Children’s Day festival in Los Angeles.

“Humanitarian and founder Mr. L. Ron Hubbard wrote in the Creed of the Church of Scientology, ‘We of the Church believe that all men of whatever race, color, or creed were created with equal rights,’ explained Noelle North, Outreach Programs Coordinator for the Church of Scientology Los Angeles. “Because the Church of Scientology was founded on a belief in human rights and tolerance, it is a natural progression to support tolerance in all forms.”

The human rights petition states that the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) are not yet a reality, as human right abuses constitute a worldwide problem and give rise to ethnic, racial and religious conflicts. The petition calls on the governments of the world to mandate human rights education as the first step in bringing about tolerance, which the visionaries who crafted the UDHR recognized as the crucial element in a lasting peace.

“Article 1.1 of the Declaration on Principles of Tolerance, proclaimed and signed by the Member Sates of UNESCO on 16 November 1995,” explained Ms. North, “states that ‘Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human. It is fostered by knowledge, openness, communication, and freedom of thought, conscience and belief. Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty; it is also a political and legal requirement. Tolerance, the virtue that makes peace possible, contributes to the replacement of the culture of war by a culture of peace.’ With the thousands of people participating here today, we come that much closer to making human rights a reality.”

For more information please visit or to sign the human rights petition online please visit

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