Human Rights According to Jan Eastgate
Jan Eastgate is the current head of Scientology’s Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights. You would think, given her position, that she would be sensitive to people’s human rights. That would make sense. You would think that she would be a champion of human rights, and that she would be a stickler on upholding the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Turns out its not so.
In fact, it seems she specializes in ignoring, covering up, and abetting human rights violations – when they have to do with the Church of Scientology.
According to a story just released by ABC News in Australia, Jan Eastgate, who was the head of CCHR ANZO at the time, covered up the repeated abuse of an 11-year-old girl at the hands of her stepfather, a Scientologist. She allegedly told both the mother and daughter to lie to police and community services about the abuse.
What about human rights, Jan? What about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which you sanctimoniously distribute? What about Article 5 of that document, which states “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” I guess the cruel and degrading treatment of an 11-year-old girl is nothing when stacked up against the potential “out-PR” of the Church of Scientology.
What about your brags, on the CCHR website, that “Thousands of psychiatric victims or their families contact CCHR each year to report incidents of psychiatric harm such as sexual abuse…Through CCHR’s work…Legislation has been enacted to ensure that psychiatric sexual abuse and rape of patients is dealt with as a criminal offense.”
Really? Can you say “double standard”? When a psychiatrist is involved in sexual abuse, you expose it and prosecute it to the limit, but when a Scientologist does, you cover it up?
Of course, Jan Eastgate also showed up recently as part of a posse sent by David Miscavige to chase down and harass John Brousseau, a former member of Miscavige’s personal staff who fled the Int Base. So tell us, Jan, which Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were you enforcing? Maybe Article 13: “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state”? Or possibly Article 18: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief”?
And how about David Miscavige’s beatings of staff, Jan? How about the abuse of executives at the Int Base? How about the RPF? How about the cover-up of suicides? If your “psychs” were guilty of such things, you’d be all over it. You’d be demanding justice for these crimes. But it’s not psychs, it’s your own Church, your own glorious leader. So you turn a blind eye. You ignore it. You pretend it doesn’t exist. You cover it up.
Jan Eastgate, I spit on your hypocrisy, and your warped idea of “human rights.”