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Can Human Rights Education Reverse Japan Teen Bullying?

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 18, 2014

With nearly 200,000 cases of school bullying reported in 2012, and bullying seen as a factor in a teen suicide in January 2014, volunteers from Youth for Human Rights are working with Japanese schools to foster tolerance and understanding and reverse underlying attitudes that endanger Japanese youth.

Investigation into a recent teen suicide in Yamagata Prefecture found that before the young girl took her life, more than 100 of her classmates knew she was being bullied.

Bullying infringes against the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood;” and Article 5: “No one shall be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

Although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written in 1948, surveys indicate most people have a limited understanding of their rights and the rights of others. The Youth for Human Rights What Are Human Rights booklet and public service announcements present these fundamental rights in terms youth can easily understand, bringing each of these 30 articles vividly to life.

Youth for Human Rights volunteers use these materials to conduct seminars and classes in Japanese schools such as a recent program for 143 young Judo students at a Kanagawa Prefecture elementary school.

The youngsters not only gained an understanding of their rights, they also learned about their responsibility to defend the rights of others. At the end of the program, students wrote their personal messages on a human rights pledge, showing how they plan to apply what they learned in the seminar.

Scientologists on five continents engage in collaborative efforts with government agencies and nongovernmental organizations to bring about broad-scale awareness and implementation of the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world’s premier human rights document.

The Church of Scientology has published a brochure, Scientology: How We Help—United for Human Rights, Making Human Rights a Global Reality, to meet requests for more information about the human rights education and awareness initiative the Church supports. To learn more, visit

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream,” and the Scientology religion is based on the principles of human rights. The Code of a Scientologist calls on all members of the religion to dedicate themselves “to support true humanitarian endeavors in the fields of human rights.”

Press Contact: Tracie Parker

Tel: (323) 960-3500

eMail: MediaRelations(at)ChurchofScientology(dot)net

SOURCE: Scientology Newsroom

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Noris De Jesus-Petrones First Book The Pig Girl is a Heart Warming Story of Endurance, Perseverance, and the Indomitable Power of the Human Spirit

(PRWEB) February 23, 2014

Noris De Jesus-Petrone, a practicing Marriage & Family Counselor, as well as an adjunct professor at two separate colleges, has completed her first book “The Pig Girl”: a gorgeously illustrated book filled with wonder and the redeeming power of love and goodness.

“I remember being bullied and feeling like an outsider when I was a teen. As other girls my age were blossoming and becoming ‘beautiful’ I felt that I did not have the gift of beauty or anything that made me special. I would write poems and stories about how I felt, my experiences and dreams. One day, when my class was given the assignment to write a story I wanted to add my experiences of feeling bullied and laughed at, but with a twist of triumph at the end, which is also reminiscent of my own life story many years later. ”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Noris De Jesus-Petrone’s poignant tale is an uplifting children’s story about a young girl who thinks she has nothing but soon learns that the beauty of her soul and the shining goodness in her heart are priceless commodities that will draw happiness and joy into her life.

In the town of Hunter there lives a young orphan named Julie. Although she is very poor, she supports herself by working in the local farms and feeding the pigs. The other kids in town like to tease her for her job and the way she smells, but that all changes on one unusual day.

After wishing that one day she could become someone special, the wonderful, magical blue pig, Amanda, begins to help turn Julie’s life and luck around.

There is a true and obvious message of not feeling accepted by others. Julie teaches us that it is important to look at ourselves in a positive way, and understand that we all have so much to contribute despite what others may say about us. We must believe it and when we do there is nothing that will stand in the way of our bright future.

Readers who wish to experience this inspiring work can purchase “The Pig Girl” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information, review copies or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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