The Commission performs all or any of the following functions:

  1. Inquire suo-motu or on a petition presented to it by a victim or any person on his behalf, into complaint of -

    • violation of human rights or abetment thereof, or

    • negligence in the prevention of such violation, by a public servant.

  2. Intervene in any proceeding involving any allegation of violation of human rights pending before the court, with the approval of such court;
  3. Visit, under intimation to the State Government, any jail or any other institution under the control of the State Government, where persons are detained or lodged for purposes of treatment, reformation or protection, to study the living conditions of the inmates and make recommendations thereon;

  4. Review the safeguard provided by or under the Constitution or any law for the time being in force for the protection of human rights and recommend measures for their effective implementation ;

  5. Review the factors including the act of terrorism that inhibit the enjoyment of human rights and recommend appropriate remedial measures;

  6. Undertake and promote research in the filed of human rights;

  7. Spread human rights literacy among various sections of the society and promote awareness of safeguards available for the protection, media, seminar and other available means;

  8. Encourage the efforts of non-governmental organizations and institutions working in the field of human rights; and

  9. Such other functions as it may consider necessary for the promotion of human rights.


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