14 Arguments in Favour of Human Rights Institutions


Today, many human rights commissions are threatened or are no longer in existence. This book argues in support of our human rights institutions, including the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. These arguments debunk current challenges to our human rights commissions and tribunals. Further, they chronicle the ways in which governments have backed away from the project of growing a culture of human rights, and of maintaining the role of human rights commissions to promote and protect human rights. In sum, this book will help readers to evaluate criticism of human rights institutions so that Canadians can strengthen current systems and ensure that they are responding to today’s problems in the field of human rights.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Introduction
Shelagh Day, Lucie Lamarche, & Ken Norman

Part 1
Human Rights Institutions in Canada: Manoeuvring in a Context of Hostility and Political Tension

Chapter 1
Reflections on Government Hostility, Systemic Discrimination, and Human Rights Institutions
Shelagh Day

Chapter 2
Governments as Interpreters and Shapers of Human Rights
Gwen Brodsky

Chapter 3
Saskatchewan’s One Bright Shining Moment, At Least It Seemed So at the Time
Ken Norman

Chapter 4
Human Rights Systems: Are They Fair?
Pearl Eliadis

Part 2
The Evolution of Human Rights Complaints Management in Canada: Transformative Justice or Efficient Justice?

Chapter 5
Saskatchewan and the Gatekeeping Debate
Genevieve Leslie

Chapter 6
Ontario and the Direct Access Model to Human Rights
Michelle Flaherty

Chapter 7
The Paris Principles Twenty Years After
Maxwell Yalden

Part 3
Discrimination and Political Struggle: Three Case Studies

Chapter 8
Sexual Harassment: A Feminist Phrase That Transformed the Workplace
Constance Backhouse

Chapter 9
From Sexual to Psychological Harassment: One Step Forward, Twenty-Five Years Back for Women’s Equality at Work?
Rachel Cox

Chapter 10
The Hate Speech Diversion
Richard Moon

Part 4
Human Rights Commissions and Policy-Making: Naming – Engaging – Implementing

Chapter 11
Ontario Human Rights Commission Promotion Activities: The Experience of Responding to Racial Profiling by Police
Shaheen Azmi

Chapter 12
The Québec Human Rights Commission and the Construction of the Concept of Social Profiling
Paul Eid

Part 5
The Future of Human Rights Institutions in Canada: Interdisciplinary and Interinstitutional Collaboration

Chapter 13
The Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Framework for Mapping and Addressing Competing Human Rights
Lorne Foster & Lesley Jacobs

Chapter 14
Emerging Human Rights Institutions: The Case of Museums in a Human Rights Culture
Jennifer Carter & Jennifer A Orange

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