Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Quebec Human Rights Commission releases racial profiling consultation paper

Last week, the Quebec Human Rights Commission released a 37 page paper entitled Racial Profiling - Consultation Paper. It documents the racial profiling narratives it collected over 2 1/2 months in the fall of 2009. The Commission heard from over 50 community leaders, experts and individuals over this period.

It is a consultation document much like Paying the Price: The Human Cost of Racial Profiling prepared by the Ontario Human Rights Commission in 2003.

The paper sets the table for an inquiry the Commission has launched. Hearings are to begin in Montreal on May 26-27 and June 9 at the Grande Bibliothèque, 475 de Maisonneuve Blvd. E., to seek solutions to the problem. The Commission has invited individuals or groups to submit a brief by email -- profilage@cdpdj.qc.ca or by mail to the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse at 360 St. Jacques St. W., 2nd floor, Montreal H2Y 1P5. Briefs must be received by May 12. For more information, call 514-212-9661 or email patrick.homier@cdpdj.qc.ca.

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