The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, provides for the constitution of National Human Rights Commission, at national level and State Human Rights Commissions at the State level for better protection of human rights and matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
The Goa Human Rights Commission was constituted on 04/03/2011 to exercise the powers conferred upon and to perform functions assigned to the State Commissions under Chapter V of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. It is a statutory autonomous body which is intended to help and ensure that the public functionaries do not violate human rights of the aggrieved parties.
By Notification No. 1/27/1999-HD(G), Government of Goa, appointed Justice Prafulla Kumar Misra, former Chief Justice of Patna High Court as Chairperson of the Commission and Shri A.D. Salkar, former District Judge of the State of Goa and Shri J.A. Keny, former Member of the Goa Public Service Commission, were appointed as Members of the Commission.
The Police Investigation team headed by Police Officer of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police is made available to the State Commission for efficient functioning of the State Commission.