Remember the good old days, when ‘racial profiling’ was known as ‘a description of the suspect’…?
In a joint position released today, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) urged policing and security agencies to systematically collect human rights-based data as a tool to help prevent discrimination.
This position flows from a study, The Effectiveness of Profiling from a National Security Perspective, commissioned by the CHRC and CRRF and carried out by researchers from the Université de Moncton. The research concluded there is insufficient evidence to legitimize the practice of profiling and recommended more rigorous data collection to demonstrate whether or not profiling occurs.
“The CRRF is pleased with its cooperation with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in sponsoring this important study on profiling,” said Dr. Ayman Al-Yassini, Executive Director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.