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Title: YFHR Youth Awards 2009
Post by: anonyrat on April 13, 2009, 01:38:59 PM
From this random newsletter (

"YOUTH HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD: Hello, It is time for the exciting annual Youth for Human Rights Youth Awards. Please nominate any youth you know who you would like to receive an acknowledgement for their help & contributions. Open to all people under 24 yrs of age. Anyone who has been helping in the area of human rights or community related activities like Amnesty, Human Rights Film festival,community, school or university projects, United Nations Youth Association, church groups or related actions. Please email me their details before May 1st. Youth Awards will be 7pm Friday night May 8th 2009 at the St Colomba Centre, Vermont St, Ponsonby.(Doors open at 7pm and we start at 7:30pm). This is a fun night so enter as many youth as you can. Free parking on site, music, awards and entertainment with a light supper. This is our third annual youth awards and promises to be another excellent night. Kind regards, Dr Helen Smith, Director, Youth for Human Rights NZ"

YFHR is of course a Scientology front. What can we do about this event?

Title: Re: YFHR Youth Awards 2009
Post by: Ididntcomeback on April 13, 2009, 04:11:03 PM
This is the Scientology PR machine at work.

Repost the link to the random newsletter.
The one you did post goes nowhere.

I want to nominate the underage kids who were
exposed by the Australian news program today tonight
working full time for Scientology in Australia.

They need "youth for human rights" to look into
this type of abuse by the group that is handing out awards for
exposing this type of thing.

Did you just go cross eyed ?

Title: Re: YFHR Youth Awards 2009
Post by: anonyrat on April 13, 2009, 10:37:23 PM

Sorry, it's from a "Global Peace And Justice Auckland" newsletter (

You'll note that there is no email address for Helen Smith in that snippet. How do we submit our nominations then??

Title: Re: YFHR Youth Awards 2009
Post by: Ididntcomeback on February 21, 2013, 01:54:03 PM
                  This high school seminar brought to you by Scientology

HIGH school students completed a seminar without being informed it was sponsored by the Church of Scientology, has learned.

At least 60 junior students at Woodridge State High School, south of Brisbane, participated in a class on December 10 about human rights featuring materials from the group, Youth For Human Rights.

Staff and students were not told the group is sponsored by the Church of Scientology - but the Church hailed the group's visit to the school in an international media release.

The seminar did not include teachings from Scientology, although it did include a quote by Scientology founder, science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard.

Teachers and ethics experts have now called for greater disclosure about background information from groups coming into school grounds.

Kevin Bates, president of the Queensland Teachers’ Federation, said the lack of disclosure was concerning. "The key issue is that [their links] were unbeknown to the school," Mr Bates said.

He said the school, which has a high refugee population and often works with NGOs, should have learned an important lesson on background checking organisations.

Ethicist Dr Simon Longstaff said all organisations, whether they're religious or commercial, should disclose their backgrounds when coming into schools.

"Any organisation thinking to make a presentation within a school environment should be transparent about who they are," Dr Longstaff said, adding it was essential for staff and students to make informed decisions to consent.

Sei Broadhurst, a Church of Scientology spokeswoman, said in a statement it believed religious groups should disclose their identity before school visits.

"Youth for Human Rights however is not a religious group. Its only purpose is to promote the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is non-religious," she said.

The Church describe Youth For Human Rights as a "separate and secular organisation" but said the Church provides funds for its materials.

Youth For Human Rights "does not promote Scientology at all", Ms Broadhurst said, adding that the L. Ron Hubbard quote in study materials only promoted human rights.

"The Church of Scientology does not conduct school visits and only does presentations of Scientology teachings in our own churches and these are always for our own members," Ms Broadhurst said.

The Church's support for Youth For Human Rights was clearly disclosed on its main website, she said.

Previously: A day in the life of a Scientologist

Kalisi Bese, the volunteer who ran the seminar, told it did not matter who supported the seminar given the huge need for human rights education in the community.

"When I deliver the package it’s more on what human rights is all about, not who is financially endorsed by who or what not," Ms Bese told "It’s a tool that’s really needed."

Ms Bese said she was a Christian, not a Scientologist, and Scientology only sponsored Youth For Human Rights. She said she had given similar presentations to schools and staff in Sydney.

Not the first time

In 2009, then NSW Education Minister Verity Firth directed schools not to use Youth For Human Rights brochures and DVDs, after it was revealed they had been sent to "most schools in Australia".

"It's just a marketing exercise for Scientology," Ms Firth said at the time.

Ms Broadhurst denied the materials were not banned in NSW. They have not been submitted for approval for use by the NSW Education Department as they have their own materials.

A prominent critic of the religion, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, said the Church of Scientology had a lot of nerve promoting human rights....

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