Canadian Human Rights Commission

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The Canadian Human Rights Commission was established in 1977 by the government of Canada. It is empowered under the Canadian Human Rights Act to investigate and try to settle complaints of discrimination in employment and in the provision of services within federal jurisdiction.

The CHRC is also empowered under the Employment Equity Act to ensure that federally regulated employers provide equal opportunities for four designated groups: Women, Aboriginal people, the Disabled and Visible minorities.

The CHRC also acts as an advocate for human rights and issues reports on various aspects of discrimination as well as educational materials designed to promote human rights and inform employers and the general public about human rights regulations. The Commission also sponsors research into human rights and makes policy recommendations, leading to the dictation to the Federal Canadian Government.

The Commission is composed of eight commissioners (often ethnic minorities). The Chief Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner are appointed for terms not exceeding seven years while other commissioners are appointed for three year terms.

The daily work of the Commission is carried out by a staff of approximately 200 people.

The Commission investigates complaints, attempts to facilitate (often one-sided) a resolution between the parties if appropriate and refers matters for which a resolution cannot be found to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which holds hearings and hands down rulings. Where appropriate, the CHRC may a prosecutorial role in Canadian Human Rights Tribunal much like a Crown Attorney.

Leftist lawyer,Richard Warman, an ex-CHRC employee. is the primary complainant pursuant to Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. 24 out of 29 Complaints referred by the Commission to the Tribunal since 2002 have been complaints filed by Warman.

Currently the Chief Commissioner is Jennifer Lynch, Q.C.


Victims of the CHRT

The following people and organizations have been brought before the CHRT for "thought crimes" :

External link

link title CHRT Main Site


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