Human Rights Commission Law and Legal Definition

Human rights commission is a department, body, or committee constituted by a state or its local government to investigate on human rights violations and to protect human rights. A human rights commission can be set up at international, national or sub-national levels. For example, there are national human rights institutions, truth and reconciliation commissions and the U.N.Commission on human rights. The primary functions of a human rights commission can be classified into two types:

(1)to advocate and promote human rights observance; and

(2)to maintain and develop a harmonious relation between individuals and among diverse groups in a state.