Human Rights Is A Family Affair
February 8, 2006
While violence and war are tearing families apart across the world, three siblings from La Crescenta, California are taking a stand for human rights. The brother and sister team, Tracie and Jesse Morrow, with their 12-year-old younger sister Zoe, took to the boardwalk of Venice to obtain signatures on a petition promoting the implementation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights by governments.
"The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created in 1948 and has been endorsed by 191 nations, yet is painfully neglected in its actual application. The Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology International released this petition to remedy this," said Tracie Morrow, who is also the Church's Human Rights Campaigns Director.
"Young people need to be educated about human rights so they grow up applying them, defending them and respecting the rights of others," Jesse added. "Considering that right here in the USA more than 3 million children are reported as abused or neglected, with an estimated 1,500 children dying from child abuse each year, there is a dire need for human rights."
These siblings are not alone. Human rights chapters of local Scientology churches are holding petition rally events in countries around the world. The recently released petition now has 19,000 signatures from people of all races, religions and creeds.
Similarly, online versions of the petition are gaining signatures from countries as diverse as Ghana, Sweden, Gambia, Mexico, India, Canada, Columbia, Australia and Russia.
"We will send these petitions to those officials responsible for human rights concerns and education internationally to bring the need to fully apply the Universal Declaration to their attention and make human rights education a part of every day life," Tracie concluded.