The League for Human Rights is an agency of B’nai Brith Canada dedicated to combating antisemitism and racism at home and around the world, and advocates for human rights issues spanning the civil, political, religious and cultural sectors. The League is most well-known for its annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents which is cited world-wide by government agencies, social policy planners and law enforcement bodies, and is considered the authoritative study on antisemitism in Canada. This documentation of antisemitic incidents by region, and analysis of patterns of antisemitic occurrence, is an important tool in examining the trends in incidences of hate crimes, providing a unique historical record of a particular form of hate activity in Canada. The 2016 and 2015 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents can be accessed online here.
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The League for Human Rights also advocates for the human rights of all Canadians by building inter-community relationships, conducting educational programs, and engaging in community action and legal/legislative interventions. The League also advocates for global human rights by working closely with international organizations and agencies, hosting conferences, lectures and educational forums, and engaging government and policy makers at all levels in the combat of human rights abuses.
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As an important point of contact with the community, the League maintains a twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week, Anti-Hate Hotline (1-800-892-BNAI ) offering assistance to victims of antisemitism and hate-motivated acts. The statistics gathered by the hotline inform the creation of our Audit.
The League advances B’nai Brith’s human rights agenda to media, government and the public at large through social media, email lists, petitions and online campaigns, and through liaison with government, ambassadors, policy makers and ordinary Canadians, providing a strong voice on issues of concern to the community.
The League is advised by several volunteer-based committees, specializing in a variety of human rights areas.
The Special Advisory Committee to the League for Human Rights: A panel of experts in various fields, the Special Advisory Committee is made up of lawyers, academics and community leaders and offers help, direction and guidance to advocacy efforts, as well as hosting speakers panels and lecture events.
Jews from Arab Lands Sub Committee: A subcommittee of the League with a particular focus on advancing the histories and stories of Jews who were exiled from Arab lands.
The Ontarians with Disabilities Sub Committee: - Informing the League's advocacy efforts on matters relating to disability rights, the Ontarians with Disabilities Sub Committee presented in front of the Parliament of Ontario’s Standing Committee on Social Policy, recommending amendments to bill 118 – Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA).
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