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BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner

BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner exists to address the root causes of inequality, discrimination and injustice in B.C. by shifting laws, policies, practices and cultures. We do this work through education, research, advocacy, inquiry and monitoring.

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A human rights approach to mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic

This policy guidance from BC’s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender details how mask-wearing requirements must accommodate people with disabilities or medical conditions that prevent them from using of non-medical ...
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Human rights in BC

This website provides an introduction to the three pillars that support human rights in the province. It also offers a brief explanation of personal characteristics based on the Human Rights Code, such as age, religion, ...
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Human Rights 101: Educator's Guide

The educator's guide is a teaching resource for your students or children. It contains activities and resources for educators and learners about human rights in BC.
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Key Issues COVID-19

In these challenging times it is critical for us all to place human rights at the centre of our decision making. This is why BCOHRC has devoted significant resources to responding to the human rights issues that have ...
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A human rights approach to proof of vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic

This document provides general advice, based on human rights considerations, on how duty bearers can respect human rights if developing vaccination status policies. These are policies that treat people differently based ...
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Hate speech and the law in British Columbia

This page answers common questions about hate speech based on the laws that are applicable in BC. Includes discriminatory speech, protected characteristics under the Criminal Code and BC's Human Rights Code, freedom of ...
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