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YHRI and Scientology Edit

Mary Shuttleworth Edit

YHRI was founded by Scientologist and current YHRI President, Mary Shuttleworth, and the Church of Scientology International.

Note that the YHRI website does not mention the Church of Scientology International's role, nor Ms Shuttleworth's connection with the Church.

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  • "Making Human Rights a Reality" The Church of Scientology International brochure published under the banner "Scientology - Effective Solutions", at page 12.

Tim Bowles Edit

The YHRI Executive Director, Tim Bowles, is a leading Scientologist.

Tim Bowles has attained the status of New OTVIII (currently the highest rank), is a Commissioner of the Scientology organisation Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (the object of which is the removal of psychiatry and psychology from the mental health field), is a member of the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE), was a Founding Patron of the Church of Scientology International, was general legal counsel to the Church of Scientology for eight years and has represented the Church of Scientology in legal matters (including as one of the lead attorneys in Church of Scientology International v. Fishman and Geertz , in which Mr Fishman gave evidence that he had committed crimes on behalf of the Church of Scientology).

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YHRI promotes Scientologists. Edit

YHRI promotional materials often promote L. Ron Hubbard as being a humanitarian of the calibre of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Martin Luther King Jr. A glance at the website shows that it also promotes artists who are scientologists. For example, a music video project to combat human trafficking involved five artists. All five are scientologists.

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YHRI's accomplishments treated by Scientology as its own Edit

Template:PAddressing a 2004 gathering of the International Association of Scientologists, Mike Rinder, a former director of the Church of Scientology International and Executive Director of the Church of Scientology International's Office of Special Affairs, made the following speech. The speech, which is viewable on Youtube, was accompanied by a display of YHRI footage. Mike Rinder has now left the official Church of Scientology.

Template:P(Note: LRH = L Ron Hubbard; LRH Tech = the writings, recorded lectures and policies of L Ron Hubbard; ie. the "scriptures" of Scientology).

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Scientology Human Rights Record Edit

This is not a complete record, but just a taste.


Human Trafficking, Coerced Abortions and Other Breaches Edit

John Lindstein Edit

John Lindstein – was 8 years old

On November 25, 2009, John Lindstein filed a complaint against David Miscavige, Church of Scientology International and Religious Technology Center for human trafficking and breaches of labour laws. John Lindstein was 8 years old when he began having to work for the Church of Scientology. At the age of 10 he was working 15 hour days.

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Laura DeCrescenzo Edit

Laura DeCrescenzo – took a swig of bleach

Template:POn April 2, 2009, Laura DeCrescenzo filed a complaint against the Church of Scientology International, claiming: 1. rescission of unlawful and fraudulent instruments; 2. unpaid wages and breaches of labor laws; 3. discrimination and invasion of privacy, including illegal use of lie-detectors on staff; 4. human trafficking; 5. intentional infliction of emotional distress; and 6. obstruction of justice.

Template:PAt age 10, Laura was a full-time staff member. At 12, she left her home in New Mexico, without her parents, and moved to California to join Scientology's elite Sea Organisation, signing a contract to serve for one billion years.

Template:PAt 17, Laura was coerced into having an abortion. She was harangued for two days and told that to have the child she was pregnant with would be "out-ethics", a Scientology term meaning "unethical", because it would interfere with her work for the Church.

Template:PFinally, in 2004, Laura took a mouthful of bleach and immediately spat it out, to make the Scientologists think she was suicidal. The ploy worked, and allowed Laura to escape without undergoing the lengthy and tortuous procedure of “routing out”.

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Marc and Claire Headley Edit

Template:PThe suit followed two other suits alleging labor law violations, human trafficking and coerced abortions issued in January 2009 by former Scientology staff members Marc and Claire Headley.

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Introspection Rundown Edit

Template:PThe Introspection Rundown is Hubbard's and Scientology's "cure" for people suffering a "psychotic break". It involves isolating them, withdrawing sensory stimulation (eg. no verbal communication - complete silence - except when auditing (questioning)) and auditing for many hours per day (if conscious). This goes on until the person "takes responsibility" for themselves. The Introspection Rundown is described in a "Technical Bulletin" and three amending bulletins issued by Hubbard.

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  • Introspection Rundown HCO Bulletin 23 January 1974 (Revised 10 February 1974)
  • Introspection Rundown Additional Steps HCO Bulletin 20 February 1974
  • Introspection Rundown Second Addition HCO Bulletin 6 March 1974
  • Introspection Rundown Third Addition HCO Bulletin 20 April 1974


Martine Boublil Edit

Template:POn January 21, 2008, Italian police rescued Frenchwoman Martine Boublil from a house where she was being held by three Scientologists. Ms Boublil was allegedly kidnapped in France on the instructions of her brother, a senior Scientologist and doctor, and transported to Sardinia, where she was kept for 6 weeks in appalling sanitary conditions. Police rescuers found her semi-nude on a bug-infested mattress. The woman, who suffers from major depression, was apparently being held for an "Isolation Watch" or "Introspection Rundown". After her rescue, she spent several weeks in an Italian psychiatric hospital before being repatriated. Four scientologists have been charged with false imprisonment.

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French

  • «Scientologie: les dessous de l'affaire Martine Boublil» www.rue89.com/2008/03/18/scientologie-les-dessous-de-laffaire-martine-boublil, 18 mars 2008


Lisa McPherson Edit

Template:PLisa McPherson was denied medical care and detained for 17 days until her death at Scientology's base in Clearwater Florida, in 1995.

Template:POn December 5, 1995, Lisa McPherson was dead on arrival at a hospital 45 minutes north of Clearwater Florida. According to the coroner's report, Lisa was underweight, severely dehydrated, and had bruises and bug bites.

Template:POn November 18, 1995, Lisa was involved in a minor car accident. She was apparently not hurt, but she got out of her car and took all her clothes off and seemed mentally unstable. She was taken to a hospital where she was physically evaluated as being unharmed, but the hospital wanted her to be psychologically cared for. However, some Scientologists arrived and stated that Lisa did not believe in psychiatry, and she checked out after a short evaluation and left with the Scientologists. She went with them to Room 174 of the Ft. Harrison Hotel for "rest and relaxation" according to the church, but church logs from Lisa's stay there, from November 18 to her death December 5, show that Lisa was put on the Introspection Rundown that Scientology uses to handle those who have had a psychotic break. Three logs are missing.

Template:POn November 13, 1998, Scientology was indicted on 2 felony charges of criminal neglect of a disabled person and practising medicine without a licence. On June 12, 2000 the criminal charges were dropped against Scientology because (so the prosecutor claimed) the medical examiner (who had been sued and harassed by the Church of Scientology) could not be counted on confidently to testify.

Template:POn June 22, 2009, the St Petersburg Times published an interview with former Inspector General, Ethics, Marty Rathbun in which he detailed his involvement in the Church of Scientology's own investigation into Lisa McPherson’s death and the destruction of crucial evidence.

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Rehabilitation Project Force Edit

Three young women who were raised in Scientology in early 2008 spoke publicly about their experiences of systematic abuse in the Church of Scientology, all during the leadership of David Miscavige. They published their stories at [www.exscientologykids.com/admins.html Ex-Scientology Kids].


Jenna Miscavige Edit

Jenna Miscavige - niece of the leader of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige

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Template:PNote: This event occurred on 15 March 2008 in an attempt to persuade Jenna Miscavige to withdraw from an interview that has just been recorded with ABC Nightline (US).


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Kendra Wiseman Edit

Kendra Wiseman - daughter of the President of Citizens Commission on Human Rights US (Bruce Wiseman - her father) and the President of the Earth Organization (her mother) – both Scientology organisations


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Astra Woodcraft Edit

Astra Woodcraft - left Scientology for good when the church tried to pressure her to have an abortion

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