British Columbia has been without its own human rights commission since it was abolished in 2002 as a cost cutting measure. Unfortunately, many citizens in our province have been exposed to unfair treatment that is in violation of federal and international human rights legislation.
In order to address this void, the BC Human Rights Organization was registered federally as a non-profit organization and has been operating in British Columbia since June 2016. Our goal is to ensure any human rights violations that have occurred since 2002 are rectified soon after they are identified.
Our team consists of dedicated volunteers and officers who work in cooperation with various law enforcement agencies and with both provincial and federal levels of government to ensure human rights are protected and enforced in British Columbia.
Our mandate is to promote, protect, and enforce human rights in British Columbia in accordance with the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.