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West Bengal Human Rights Commission
পশ্চিমবঙ্গ মানব অধিকার আযোগ
Agency overview
Formed31 January 1995 (Notification: No. 42 & 180 HS/HRC)
Preceding agency
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agencyIndia
Operations jurisdictionIndia
Size88,752 km2 (34,267 sq mi)
Population91,347,736 (2011)
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersKolkata, West Bengal
Agency executives
Official website

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission is an agency of the Government of West Bengal, India. It was established based on Notification No. 42 HS/HRC Dt: 31-01-1995 to exercise the powers conferred upon and to perform the functions assigned to the State Human Rights Commission under Chapter V of the Protection of Human Rights Act. Section 21(2). The commissions become fully functional vied its Notification No. 180 HS/HRC Dt: 13-04-1995.[2]


According to TPHRA, 1993[3] (with amendment act 2006), the commission is entitled to perform any of the following functions:

  1. Violation of human rights and instigation or
  2. Negligence in the prevention of such violations by any public servant.

It is clarified that though the Commission has the power to inquire in violation of human rights (or instigation thereof) by a public servant. Instances where the human rights are violated by any individual citizen then the Commission can intervene, if there is failure or negligence on the part of a public servant to prevent any such violation.


  1. ^ a b "WBHRC".
  2. ^ "WBHRC".
  3. ^ "The Protection of Human Rights Act" (PDF). 1993.