Saturday, May 10, 2008

Canadian Human Rights Commission Backgrounder on Hate Messages

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has published an overview of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act that deals with the spreading of hate messages.

The section has been in the spotlight recently because of controversy surrounding a number of human rights complaints, including those over the reprinting in Canada of the Danish Mohammed bomb cartoons and articles in MacLean's magazine about the "rise of Islam" that certain Canadian Moslem organizations objected to as being offensive and hateful. Civil libertarians have often criticized section 13 for threatening freedom of speech.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 3:53 pm


Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

Thanks Library Boy!

10:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoops... Section 13 of the CHRA has nothing to do with the publication of cartoons by the Western Standard magazine.

That issue is being addressed under provincial legislation, the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship act, not the Canadian Human Rights Act.

These are two separate issues, as the CHRA only applies to messages repeatedly communicated electronically ( via telephone recording or Internet) which are likely to expose members of a protected group to hatred or contempt.

10:02 pm  

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