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If you're looking to file a complaint
and need answers to the who, what, how and when to file, follow this link ... Filing Your Complaint. Are you a complainant looking for us to represent you? See our How to Apply for Representation page.
If you need to defend yourself against a complaint and need answers to the who, what, how of defending yourself see Responding to a Complaint. Want to understand the law around applying to have a case dismissed - Check here.
If you are a respondent looking to get free
legal representation contact the Law Centre.
Information about human rights, the Human Rights Code, and how to file a complaint or respond to a complaint is available on this site, or from the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, the Ministry of the Attorney General, and through Service BC offices across BC. If you can't find something, email or call us 604-689-8474 or toll free 1-877-689-8474.
Assistance and Representation
In partnership with the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), we run a provincial human rights clinic that provides assistance and representation to those who need help dealing with a provincial human rights complaint. Our Clinic page provides detail on this service and its intake procedures and How to Apply for Representation
In addition to the above, every Monday between 9:30 and 4:00 an Advocate is on-site at the Tribunal's offices in Vancouver to provide additional assistance to those who have difficulty understanding if they have complaints, framing complaints, or replying to applications. This onsite service is on a first come first serve basis.
Our section on Grounds of Protection under the B.C. Human Rights Code. Includes definitions, caselaw and examples of each ground of protection
Confused about the difference between the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the BC Human Rights Coalition? We find that many people are so we have a chart to explain what each party does at each step in the process.
Looking for online resources regarding human rights? We've compiled a listing of fact sheets, guides and policies from sources across the country. The materials are sorted by issue with brief descriptions and links to the source document. Pdf version.
The Coalition has produced an updated version of our "Human Rights, Your Rights To Know" booklet. The booklet is written in plain language and explains what protections the provincial human rights law provides, how you can make a complaint and who can help you. An online pdf version is available or call in your request.
The Ministry of the Attorney General has revised their series of information pamphlets on human rights protections in British Columbia. Seven separate pamphlets are available in English, Mandarin, and Punjabi.
2014 Recipient of Rosemary Brown Award for Women
West Coast LEAF (Legal Education and Action Fund)
West Coast LEAF is being recognized for its extraordinary contribution in the area of Women's Rights. (Details and more pictures are here)
(Left picture: Cleta Brown, daughter of Rosemary Brown, in the middle, presents the Award to the West Coast LEAF Executive Director, Kasari Govender, on the left, and Francesca Marzari, Chair of the Board).
The event took place on June 5th at the University Women's Club of Vancouver.
(Slide show, please watch here)
December 11th, 2013 - International Human Rights Day Celebration
Renate Shearer Award Recipient 2013-2014 - Indira Prahst
The B.C. Human Rights Coalition and the United Nations Association in Canada, Vancouver Branch celebrated International Human Rights Day, Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
This was the 65th Anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th Anniversary of the Renate Shearer Award.
Each year, this memorial Award is presented to someone who has made an outstanding contribution in the filed of human rights. This Award is a memorial to the life and work of Renate Shearer who was a champion of equality and dignity for all.
This year the Reanate Shearer Award was presented to Indira Prahst, the Chair and Instructor of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Langara College. Indira was recognized for her exemplary commitment as an advocate, activist and educator on challenges related to intercultural and inter generational issues in the South Asian community in British Columbia.
BC Human Rights Coalition's Board of Directors, Executive Director, UNA Canada Vancouver branch Past President and other guests with Indira Prahst
(UNA Vancouver with Indira Prahst) (Dancer:Sheela Amudhanar) (Blue Grooves Trio)
View the slideshow of the event here
New paper by the Coalition- "The BC Human Rights System Explained" This paper explains how we got to where we are today and how the various orantizations involved in human rights fit together.
Social Condition - the state of being poor, homeless or otherwise disadvanteged is protected in only some human rights legislation, although Canada has committed to the UN to address the issue. See our recent paper discussing the topic and current provincial legislation.
Human trafficking is a global problem. Canada has been identified as both a transit and a destination point for human trafficking, and Vancouver has been singled out by the U.S. state department as a port of major concern. In 2007 British Columbia established the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP). OCTIP is focused on he protection of trafficked persons and on the prevention of human trafficking. The Office will also assist law enforcement in the prosecution of human trafficking offenders. Our Human Trafficking page has more information on the topic.
The latest copy of our Newsletter is now available. Link to past issues of the newsletter.
A copy of the Coalition's latest Annual Report covering the reporting period to March 31, 2013 is now available. At that General meeting a new Board of Directors was elected and currently we have 5 Board Directors.
(Older Annual Reports)
Amendments to BC's Human Rights Code came into effect on January 1, 2008 which provide more protection against age-based discrimination. The News section of the Tribunal's website explains the changes and more information is available on the Attorney General's website.
We have a comprehensive education program which is offered province wide. We also provide consultation services to those designing and implementing human rights policies and procedures. Our Education Section outlines options or you may contact us directly.
Security and You: Know Your Rights The Coalition has launched a rights kit that raises awareness and increases public knowledge of rights and responsibilities when interacting with private security guards. A wallet sized rights card, a brochure and a supplementary website – www.securityandyou.ca - explain what guards can and cannot do, what the public’s rights are when interacting with guards and how to make a complaint against a guard. Cards and brochures can be downloaded from www.securityandyou.ca or you can contact the Coalition directly.
Past News (link to past stories)
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