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Since its establishment by Constitutional Mandate,  the South African Human Rights Commission has dedicated itself to:
  • Raising awareness of human rights issues;
  • Monitoring and assessing the observance of human rights;
  • Education and training on human rights;
  • Addressing human rights violations and seeking effective redress.
The Commission fulfills the objectives stated above through the following core operational programmes:
  • Legal Services Programme
  • The Research and Documentation Programme
  • Advocacy and Communications
  • Parliamentary and International Affairs
In addition to the above, the following corporate programmes support the work of the Commission:
  • Financial Management Programme
  • Administration and Supply Chain Management Programme
  • Human Resources Programme
  • Internal Audit Activity

Legal Services Unit (LSU)

The Legal Services Unit (LSU) is responsible for providing quality legal services for  the protection of human rights in South Africa.  The LSU endeavours to discharge the protection mandate of the Commission through the efficient and effective investigation of complaints of human rights violations, the provision of quality legal advice and assistance, as well as seeking redress through the courts for victims of human rights violations. The LSU seeks to foster an understanding and respect for  human rights by addressing human rights violations or threats of a violation, which includes making appropriate findings and recommendations to stakeholders.



Please note that as of  1 July 2021 and in terms of the Promulgation by the President of the Republic, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has handed over its PAIA functions to the office of the Information Regulator in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA) as amended by the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA).

Kindly upload the section 51 reports to you websites and keep hard copies at your premises. The SAHRC will NOT  be accepting or acknowledging any compliance reports.

All POPIA/PAIA enquiries, compliance matters and registration of Information officers, new PAIA POPI/PAIA complaints and data breaches must directed  to the office of the Information Regulator. Below is their email address.


Research Unit

The Research Unit (RU) is tasked mainly with discharging the monitoring mandate of the SAHRC. The RU conducts investigations on pertinent human rights issues through various means, including interviews and desktop studies, and then drafts reports that include findings from these studies. Recommendations to offer remedy in the case of human rights violations, are also provided.

Advocacy and Communications

The Advocacy and Communications unit plays a strategic central role in strengthening the Commission’s promotion mandate. Both advocacy and communications are a common thread that runs throughout the work of the various units within the Commission.

Parliamentary and International Affairs Unit

The Parliamentary and International Affairs Unit is situated within the SAHRC’s Research Programme.  It serves as the institution’s focal point for parliamentary, international and regional human rights engagement and conducts research, drafts submissions and engages in various advocacy activities in order to carry out the Commission’s constitutional mandate.

About us

Understanding PAIA

The Human Rights Commission is the national institution established to support constitutional democracy. It is committed to promote respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

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