Twin Cities Man "Reads People their Rights"
December 7, 2006
A Minneapolis man has been spending the weeks leading up to Christmas, stopping people in the streets of his city to "read them their rights."
Scientologist, Vladimir Reznikov, took to the streets to "read people their rights."
The phrase was popularized by a US Supreme Court decision in 1966 to protect those suspected of crimes, ensuring their rights to due process of law as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution — specifically the individual's right not to "be a witness against himself."
But Vladimir Reznikov is not a police officer. And he is not making citizens arrests. In fact, he does not suspect the people he is approaching of being guilty of anything...except ignorance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
But Reznikov is not a police officer. And he not making citizens arrests. In fact, he does not suspect the people he is approaching of being guilty of anything...except ignorance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The UDHR, adopted by the United Nations 58 years ago on December 10th, specified 30 separate rights to which every member of the human family is entitled — such as the right to life, freedom of expression and privacy, and freedom from slavery and torture.
But a survey conducted on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration found that 90% of Americans did not even know such a document existed.
Shocked by this lack of awareness, Scientologists began a campaign to make knowledge of human rights universal. And so Youth for Human Rights International was conceived — to see to the full implementation of human rights everywhere on Earth and create an entire generation of human rights advocates by ensuring youth know the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
There is a principle, discovered by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, called the "K-R-C Triangle" standing for the interrelationship between Knowledge, Responsibility and Control. Mr. Hubbard described this in the following terms:
"It is difficult to be responsible for something or control something unless you have KNOWLEDGE of it.
"It is folly to try to control something or even know something without RESPONSIBILITY.
"It is hard to fully know something or be responsible for something over which you have no CONTROL, otherwise the result can be an overwhelm."
Mr. Hubbard also discovered that by raising one corner of this triangle one raises the other two factors as well.
Using booklets, published by Youth for Human Rights International with the help of a grant from the International Association of Scientologists, Vladimir is letting his fellow Minnesotans know the rights to which they are entitled, and which they too are responsible to insist be applied to others.
And it is just to that end, on the eve of the 58th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that Scientologist Vladimir Reznikov took to the streets with booklets, published by Youth for Human Rights International with the help of a grant from the International Association of Scientologists, to let his fellow Minnesotans know the rights to which they are entitled, and which they too are responsible to insist be applied to others.
For more information on how you can take responsibility for letting others know their rights, visit Youth for Human Rights International at www.youthforhumanrights.org.