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2. What is human rights organizational change?

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Human rights organizational change: The process of moving an organization to be more inclusive, and to fully respect and accommodate the dignity, worth and rights of all people.

Human rights organizational change is a planned change process aimed at understanding and complying with human rights obligations in all employment and service practices.

Complying with all human rights obligations and norms can be challenging. Human rights involve multiple rights and obligations that are often hard to interpret. Understanding of these rights is constantly evolving as society changes and becomes more diverse and complex. While it is difficult for organizations to anticipate and prevent all human rights violations, they can and should establish systems to anticipate and manage known human rights concerns. It is also possible to develop an understanding that can help effectively manage new issues.

All organizations in Canada must uphold human rights laws established by human rights codes and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Members of the Ontario Senior Officer's Police Association are committed to a leadership roIe in promoting human rights and responsibilities in our police services and our communities. Our members respect individual rights in an increasingly diverse society and support systems that foster and sustain inclusive police services and prevent human rights violations before they happen. Human rights and policing: Creating and sustaining organizational change is a comprehensive guide on change management and specific actions to promote human rights in police organizations.

– Superintendent Anne McConnell,
Waterloo Regional Police Service, President,
Ontario Senior Officer's Police Association


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