The Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Act No. 2 of 2016 provides under Article 230 (2) that the Commission shall ensure that the Bill of Rights is upheld and protected.

 Further, the Commission is mandated under Article 230 (3) to:

(a) investigate and report on the observance of rights and freedoms;

(b) take necessary steps to secure appropriate redress where rights and freedoms are violated;

(c) endeavour to resolve a dispute through negotiation, mediation or conciliation;

(d) carry out research on rights and freedoms and related matters;

(e) conduct civic education on rights and freedoms;

(f) perform such other functions as prescribed.


The function of the Human Rights Commission are prescribed under the HRC Act, Chapter 48 of the Laws of Zambia.

In Sections 9 of the Human Rights Commission Act, the HRC is mandated to:

(a) investigate human rights violations;

(b) investigate any maladministration of justice;

(c) propose effective measures to prevent human rights abuse;

(d) visit prisons and places of detention or related facilities with a view to assessing and inspecting conditions of the persons held in such places and make recommendations to redress existing problems;

(e) establish a continuing programme of research, education, information and rehabilitation of victims of human rights abuse to enhance the respect for and protection of human rights; and

(f) do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the functions of the Commission.

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The mission of the Human Rights Commission is to promote and protect human rights for all people in Zambia through investigations of human rights violations, rehabilitation of victims of human rights abuses, education of communities and advocacy for policy and legal changes influenced by evidence based research

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