With a view to provide easy and close access to the needy victims of human rights violations, the State Human Rights Commission was constituted in the state of Madhya Pradesh in September 1995. Madhya Pradesh was amongst the first few States to constitute this Commission. The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission is an expression of the concern for the protection and promotion of human rights.
The Commission derives its autonomous status inter-alia, from the method of appointing its members, their fixity of tenure and statutory guarantees thereto, the status they have been accorded and the manner in which the staff responsibility to the commission including its investigative agency will be appointed and conduct themselves. The financial autonomy of the commission is spelt out in section 33 of the Act.
The Chairperson and members of the commission are appointed by the Governor on the basis or recommendations of a committee comprising the chief minister as the chairperson, the speaker of the legislative assembly, the minister- in- charge of the home department and the leader of opposition in the legislative assembly as members.
The MPHRC has the following constituent Divisions:-