CLEARWATER, Fla., July 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To the enthusiastic cheers of thousands of Scientologists and their guests, the Church of Scientology cut the ribbon on a new Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Florida center in downtown Clearwater Saturday, July 11. The center is dedicated to furthering the work of the internationally acclaimed Church-sponsored watchdog group that has fought tirelessly for victims of mental health abuse since its inception in 1969.
CCHR's goal is the protection of the public from predatory psychiatric practices: exposing the drugging of active military personnel and veterans; the labeling and drugging of children with purported "disorders"; and the insidious culture of psychotropic marketing schemes based on the pseudoscience of modern day psychiatry implemented at the expense of human lives.
CCHR works with the U.N. Committee for the Rights of the Child and the U.N. Committee Against Torture, carrying out investigations of psychiatric abuses of children in 10 countries.
The relentless efforts of CCHR have led to the passage of 181 laws internationally, ranging from the prevention of child mental health screening and psychiatric drugging to fighting for patients' rights in psychiatric hospitals and forcing drug regulatory agencies to protect the public against dangerous psychopharmaceutical drugs.
The commission has more than 250 chapters in 30 countries, diligently working with like-minded groups, whistleblowers and volunteers to eradicate psychiatric abuse once and for all.
In Australia, where CCHR accomplished a ban of the barbaric practice of "deep-sleep" in which patients were given a cocktail of drugs and electroshocked without their knowledge. In Italy, CCHR's actions led to government raids and closure of psychiatric hospitals with patients referred for proper care.
When it comes to big money trumping patient care, CCHR uncovered a billion-dollar fraud in the largest U.S. private mental health has also worked with regulatory agencies to get FDA “black box” warnings placed on dangerous psychiatric drugs. This is a crucial step toward a harmful drug being pulled from the market.
The new CCHR center near the Scientology Flag building in downtown Clearwater is a vital element in a complex of six buildings dedicated to Church-sponsored programs serving the Clearwater area—a vibrant symbol of community collaboration.
CCHR Florida has already proven a major player in the state's fight against psychiatric abuse. After discovering that 55 percent of foster children in Florida had been prescribed powerful mind-altering psychotropic drugs, the commission documented the abuse to the health department—leading to a 75 percent reduction in prescriptions for children under six.
Additionally, working with the Florida legislature, CCHR Florida helped enact a law which prohibits public schools' involvement in the psychiatric drugging of children.
CCHR Florida also led the charge that got "Teen Screen" banned from Pinellas County schools in 2005.
With this new CCHR Florida center, Clearwater further now has its own Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum, which presents the unvarnished history of psychiatry. It spans the majority of the first floor of the center.
Far greater than just a series of displays, the exhibit is based on a full-length documentary that presents the complete history of psychiatry, exposing its pseudoscientific origins and the shocking human rights abuses that led to the establishment of CCHR.
Nearly 200,000 visitors have toured the original Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum at CCHR International headquarters in Los Angeles, which has become an essential part of the curriculum for several local educational institutions. More than 700,000 visitors have experienced the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death traveling exhibits in cities around the world.
CCHR has produced seven award-winning documentaries, with 7 million DVDs in 18 languages reaching 120 million people with exposes of overdrugging in the military, the irreparable harm of electroshock, and labeling and drugging of children.
In the Clearwater headquarters, human rights advocates will work in concert to help local citizens and visitors report on abusive and coercive psychiatric practices, coordinate actions to end psychiatric abuses, and bring psychiatry under the law.
To that end, additional facilities are provided for volunteers investigating abuses and for educational seminars and workshops to enlighten and activate many more.
The Church of Scientology co-founded Citizens Commission on Human Rights with eminent psychiatrist and leading critic of his own subject, the late Dr. Thomas Szasz, in 1969—a time when patients were routinely warehoused in institutions and stripped of all constitutional, civil and human rights.
CCHR Florida has been in operation in the greater Clearwater area for more than 30 years.
This new CCHR center is one of six new facilities, each dedicated to helping with the pressing issues that impact Clearwater and the Greater Tampa Bay area. They include:
- A new home for United for Human Rights, a global education initiative working to identify and protect the rights of every citizen of the world and now every resident of Pinellas County—where human rights abuses and human trafficking rank among the most severe in the United States. This headquarters promises to spearhead the fight against these unconscionable abuses.
- The new local center for the Foundation for a Drug–Free World, whose international Truth About Drugs program has reached 260 million people worldwide. The program is committed to eradicating drug abuse and providing meaningful drug education to young people.
- The Criminon Florida headquarters stands as a starting point in carrying out the mission of addressing the causes of criminality and restoring offenders' self-respect through effective character-building programs.
- A building dedicated to The Way to Happiness, the nonreligious moral code written by L. Ron Hubbard. Published in 112 languages, the 21 precepts have brought calm to communities torn by violence, peace to areas ravaged by civil strife, and self-respect to millions. The new Clearwater office will provide the moral compass needed locally.
- The new downtown home of the Church's Volunteer Ministers, part of a global movement active in 120 nations—the world's largest independent relief force. Scientologists volunteer more than 200,000 hours a year in the Tampa Bay area alone, living by the Volunteer Ministers motto that no matter the challenge, "Something can be done about it."
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