Human Rights Considerations

The 63rd World Health Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to adopt the voluntary WHO global code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel.

With this resolution, member states commit themselves to the voluntary principles and practices for the ethical international recruitment of health personnel, taking into account the responsibilities and rights of source and destination countries, other stakeholders, and those of the migrant health personnel themselves. The code provides ethical principles applicable to the international recruitment of health personnel in a manner that strengthen the health systems of developing countries. 

Health Match BC supports this resolution and incorporates the principles in all advertising and recruitment activities.

Throughout the recruitment process, your actions must demonstrate a respect for the human rights laws governing British Columbia and the WHO agreement on ethical recruitment.

When advertising, ensure you are working within the following guidelines noted in the BC Human Rights Code concerning discrimination in employment advertisements:

"A person must not publish or cause to be published an advertisement in connection with employment or prospective employment that expresses limitation, specification or preference as to race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age unless the limitation, specification or preference is based on a bona fide occupational requirement."