Human Rights Commissions

LaRI Human Rights Commission

Here is a list of various human rights commissions you can get help from by country and state.

Australia

Australian Human Rights Commission
The Australian Human Rights Commission handles complaints of  harassment, discrimination, and bullying, based on religious status that occur in some areas of public life (e.g., education and employment).

Australian Capital Territory
Australian Capital Territory Human Rights Commission
The ACT Human Rights Commission includes a Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner. Victims can lodge complaints regarding discrimination in areas of public life. The Commission also handles complaints regarding violation of human rights, such as the right to privacy and reputation, right to freedom of thoughts, conscience, and religious belief, and other rights as outlined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

New South Wales
New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board
The NSW Anti-Discrimination Board handles complaints involving some forms of religious discrimination, vilification, and harassment as outlined in the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act. The Board is limited to handling complaints from victims whose religious orientation is linked to their race or their “ethno-religious background.” Of the categories that they protect, religious belief is not one of them. Race discrimination is a protected category, helping to address some forms of religious intolerance for some people, when it occurs in certain areas of public life.

Northern Territory
Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission
The NT Anti-Discrimination Commission handles complaints of religious discrimination and/or harassment,  based on religious belief, in major areas of public life.

South Australia
South Australia Equal Opportunity Commission
The Equal Opportunity Commission handles complaints of religious discrimination, based on religious appearance or dress, taking place when applying for work, in the workplace, and when studying.

Tasmania
Tasmanian Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
The Tasmanian Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner handles complaints of religious discrimination, based on religious activity, belief or affiliation, in major areas of public life.

Queensland
Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission
The Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission handles complaints of a) religious discrimination, based on religious belief or activity, in major areas of public life and b) vilification (e.g., inciting hatred, contempt, or ridicule) in public, based on religion.

Victoria
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal handles cases, in the state of Victoria, of religious discrimination in certain settings, including employment.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Western Australia
Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commission

Canada

Canadian Human Rights Commission
The Canadian Human Rights Commission handles complaints of workplace discrimination and harassment that is based on religious status

The Ontario Human Rights Commission

The United Kingdom

England
Equality and Human Rights Commission

Scotland
Equality and Human Rights Commission

The United States

Civil Rights Division
The U.S. Department of Justice has a Civil Rights Division that provides information and resources online. They also provide detail for those who would like to file a complaint. They direct victims of hate crimes to their local Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Religious intolerance that is expressed through hate crimes can be reported to the FBI. You can find your local office through their website and register your complaint.

The The U.S. Commission on Human Rights conducts research and analysis on civil rights violations. They also have a system in place to lodge complaints to be investigated. In particular, they help to address issues of discrimination. 

Human Rights Commissions by U.S. State
http://www.humanrightsenforcement.org/usstates.html

State Civil Rights Offices
http://civilrights.findlaw.com/enforcing-your-civil-rights/state-civil-rights-offices.html

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