Human Rights Day 2006 — Tackling Poverty in India
December 14, 2006
An estimated 25% of the people of India live below the poverty line. That means more than 250 million men women and children - a population nearly the equivalent to that of the entire United States.
So nowhere is this year's theme for Human Rights Day more appropriate, and nowhere is the need for the effective solutions contained in the technology of L. Ron Hubbard more vital.
In deciding on this year's Human Rights Day message, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights stated that; "poverty is a cause and a product of human rights violations. It is this double edge that makes poverty probably the gravest human rights challenge in the world".
In her message on Human Rights Day this year, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour stated:
"The awareness of the stranglehold of poverty on billions of men, women and children around the world, and of how this state of deprivation and misery compromises our common future, has never been higher. Yet, despite an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the complex makeup of poverty, ranging from exclusion and discrimination to a skewed international trade system, approaches to poverty reduction are still often tinged with appeals to charity or altruism.
"On this Human Rights Day, we reaffirm that freedom from want is a right, not merely a matter of compassion. Fighting poverty is a duty that binds those who govern as surely as their obligation to ensure that all people are able to speak freely, choose their leaders and worship as their conscience guides them."
Scientology Volunteer Ministers of West Bengal joined this year's Human Rights Day march to proclaim their commitment to bringing an end to poverty in Kolkata.