The Church of Scientology of Spain and the MEJORA Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society held their seventh annual Freedom Awards presentation in an online ceremony attended by the Director of Religious Freedom in Spain's Ministry of the Presidency, Dr. Mercedes Murillo.
MADRID, December 3, 2020 (Newswire.com) - Mr. Ivan Arjona-Pelado, President of the Church of Scientology European Office for Public Affairs and Human Rights, presented the seventh annual Religious Freedom Award of the Church of Scientology of Spain and MEJORA Foundation to:
- Dr. Alejandro Torres Gutiérrez, Professor of Law at the University of Navarra
- Dr. Rafael Valencia Canadlija, Professor of Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Sevilla
- Dr. Catalina Pons-Estel Tugores, Lecturer in Private Law at the University of Balearic Islands.
Each awardee received a replica of La Tizona, the sword of legendary Spanish hero El Cid, symbolizing the honor and dignity of the knight who defends light against darkness, and the virtues of common sense, strength, moderation, and justice.
The ceremony marked the 40th anniversary of Spain's Religious Freedom Law.
Director of Religious Freedom in Spain's Ministry of the Presidency, Dr. Mercedes Murillo, attended the online ceremony and described the Religious Freedom Awards as a pioneering initiative. "We meet this afternoon to present some well-deserved awards to three recognized specialists in this field whom I would like to congratulate," she said.
Isabel Ayuso, Secretary-General of MEJORA Foundation, hailed the awardees as "heroes of our times" in the "battle for freedom."
The event may be watched on the MEJORA Foundation YouTube channel.
MEJORA Foundation achieved consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC, in 2019, enhancing opportunities for the Church of Scientology to contribute directly to the accomplishment of the Council's goals: "to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development—economic, social and environmental." ECOSOC is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations.
From its beginnings, the Church of Scientology has recognized that freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. In a world where conflicts are often traceable to intolerance of others' religious beliefs and practices, the Church has, for more than 50 years, made the preservation of religious liberty an overriding concern.
Source: Church of Scientology International