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APF membership

1996 (Founding Member)


The National Human Rights Commission of India is an independent body set up under the Protection of Human Rights Act 1993.

It has a broad mandate to promote and protect the human rights guaranteed in the Constitution of India and enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Role and functions

The Act empowers the Commission to:

  • Inquire, suo motu or on petition, to inquiry into and investigate complaints of human rights violations
  • Intervene in any proceedings involving allegations of violation human rights before the courts
  • Visit jails and other places of detention
  • Review and make recommendations on legislation from a human rights perspective
  • Study and make recommendations on treaties and other international instruments on human rights
  • Undertake and promote research in the field of human rights
  • Build human rights awareness among all sections of the community
  • Encourage the efforts of non-governmental organisations working in the field of human rights
  • Undertake other functions as may be considered necessary for the promotion of human rights.


Shri Justice H.L. Dattu

Shri Justice Darmar Murugesan

Shri Sharad Chandra Sinha

Smt Jyotika Kalra

Ex-officio members

Shri Naseem Ahmad
Chairperson, National Commission for Minorities

Ms Lalitha Kumaramangalam
Chairperson, National Commission for Women

Ex-officio Member
Chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Castes

Shri Nand Kumar Sai
Chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

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  1. Three boys in a market - AVI (Flickr); http://bit.ly/1Hw3Hmq