Scientology Speaks to United Nations Human Rights Council on Religious Discrimination in Hungary


Scientology at the United Nations Human Rights Council

On the occasion of the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Scientology Foundation MEJORA presented documents on human rights violations by Hungary.

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United Nations Special Rapporteur (s) on FORB, minority issues and the right to privacy

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, September 30, 2021 / – On the occasion of the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Scientology Foundation MEJORA presented two written reports and delivered two oral statements to diplomats from 47 countries.

The European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights, through its representative, informed the Council about the persecution and harassment in Hungary. They called for “the help of the HRC and the EU delegation to deal with the religious persecution orchestrated by the Hungarian government against Scientology and Scientologists.”
On March 1, 2019, the Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in New York, told a conference that there are documented cases of targeted discrimination and persecution against Scientologists. The statement was made in the presence of a representative of the Hungarian government seated next to the nuncio; however, persecution of the Church of Scientology by authorities continued to exist.

Because of the above, Scientology Representative Ivan Arjona called on the HRC to investigate these abusive practices against a peaceful and indispensable religious minority and its parishioners.

In a joint written statement filed by Fundacion Mejora and CAP Freedom of Conscience (A / HRC / 48 / NGO / 95), it was reported that “On August 30, 2018, Mr. Fernand de Varennes (Special Rapporteur on minority issues), Mr. Joseph Cannataci (Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy) and Mr. Ahmed Shaheed ( Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief) addressed the Hungarian government in a letter1 “regarding discriminatory measures against the Church of Scientology on the basis of religious belief”.

The letter from the three honorable special rapporteurs concluded:

“[…] We would like to express our concern at the repeated denial and undue delay of the authorization granted to the Church of Scientology to maintain its headquarters and place of worship in Budapest. We also express our deep concern that the criminal investigations against the Church of Scientology, which led to the seizure of several documents, including those of a private nature and restrictions on places of worship, may be incompatible with international human rights standards. Such acts constitute serious obstacles to religious freedom and to the realization of the rights and freedoms of religious minorities as enshrined in the applicable international human rights standards to which Hungary is committed.

According to reports, questions formulated in the letter by United Nations officials remain unanswered until today.

The Scientology religion, founded by humanitarian and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard, continues to provide much needed help to society while combating human rights abuses around the world. Despite the attempts of some people in some governments, the Church of Scientology has continued to earn the respect of academics, governments, and international organizations as a bona fide religion with social programs that help heal the eternal pandemic of our country. society: human rights violations, drugs, crime, corruption and illiteracy.

What is the Human Rights Council and its role?

The Human Rights Council (HRC or Council) is the only intergovernmental organization responding to all human rights violations around the world by exposing offenders and demanding change. By sounding the alarm at an early stage, the HRC can prevent the spread of impending human rights disasters or protracted crises. Swift action by the Council has helped stem conflicts in countries, given the international condemnation expressed at the Human Rights Council and the critical reports of fact-finding missions mandated by the Council. The HRC’s swift actions to shed light on human rights violations have also attracted worldwide attention and prompted governments to address these situations. No state heads the Council. Instead, the HRC is a group of 47 nations chaired by a president. With 117 of the 193 UN Member States that have served on the HRC, the composition of the Council reflects the diversity of the UN, which gives it legitimacy when speaking out on human rights violations across the board. the countries. The members of the Council undertake to defend human rights. But, unfortunately, no country has a blank human rights roadmap, and the quality of Council membership influences its impacts. Governments, grassroots activists and other HRC participants address countless issues throughout the busy Council sessions throughout the year; about. 30 weeks of meetings per year.

Ivan Arjona
European Office of the Church of Scientology
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