Human Rights in Europe

A representative of the company told Ugarte that earlier he had to sign several contracts with sponsoring companies which state that he is not allowed to employ any members of the Church of Scientology. Ugarte was shown such a contract from one of the sponsors, Southgerman Bank (LBS)—coincidentally the same company which reportedly pressured a German tennis club to cancel a contract with French tennis star Arnaud Boetsch earlier in 1998 because Boetsch is a Scientologist.

“I never withheld my religious affiliation but also I do not mix my profession and religion during my work,” said Ugarte.

Ugarte’s complaint to the United Nations specifically refers to the Recommendation Concerning the Status of the Artist, promulgated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). That document notes that Member States, which includes Germany, “should ensure that all individuals, irrespective of race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion ... have the same opportunities to ... obtain employment, and to exercise their profession without discrimination.”

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