Canadian Human Rights Commission releases Annual Report

OTTAWA, April 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Human Rights Commission has released its Annual Report for 2010. In addition to describing the activities of the Commission, the report tells the stories of how the Commission's work has made a difference for Canadians. These stories highlight human rights issues that appear in the news virtually every day. They demonstrate how human rights play a part in our daily lives.

"As citizens we share a common responsibility to speak out against discrimination," said Jennifer Lynch, Q.C. "The cases discussed in this year's Annual Report provide examples of Canadians who have taken this responsibility to heart."

Many of the complaints that Canadians bring to the Commission illustrate that while equality, dignity and respect are strong Canadian values, discrimination still exists. After screening a complaint, the Commission may seek to resolve it through mediation, or refer it to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for investigation. Only a relatively small number of cases are referred to the Tribunal every year.

This past year, the Commission represented the public interest in hearings at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal into some of these cases. The Commission intervenes in this way when the outcome has the potential to clarify or influence the law, or prevent future discrimination.

The Commission also works to prevent discrimination and raise awareness of human rights. Through the National Aboriginal Initiative and the Human Rights Maturity Model, the Commission offers expertise to Canadian workplaces and First Nations communities interested in improving their ability to address human rights issues.

The 2010 Annual Report is available on the Commission's website at:
www.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca


SOURCE Canadian Human Rights Commission

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Canadian Human Rights Commission
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613-943-9118


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