Who We Are

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is an independent National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) created under the 1987 Philippine Constitution, established on 05 May 1987 by virtue of Executive Order No. 163.

The Commission is mandated to conduct investigations on human rights violations against marginalized and vulnerable sectors of the society, involving civil and political rights.

CHR is an “A” accredited NHRI, fully complying with the Paris Principles adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1995. As an NHRI, the Commission upholds six fundamental characteristics—independence, pluralism, broad mandate, transparency, accessibility, and operational efficiency.

The Commission commits to deliver prompt, responsive, accessible, and excellent public service for the protection and promotion of human rights in accordance with universal human rights principles and standards.


Who We Serve


The CHR serves all persons in the Philippines, as well as Filipino nationals abroad. It provides services to both rights-holders, or the vulnerable sectors who are the Commission’s primary clients, as well as to the duty-bearers, or the police, military, and the other personas in authority.

  • Particularly, the CHR prioritizes the following rights-holders:
    Persons Deprived of Liberty
    Indigenous Peoples
    Workers (Local and Migrant Workers)
    Internally Displaced Persons
    Persons Living in Poverty
    Persons with Disabilities
    Senior Citizens
    Persons with Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE)
    Other marginalized groups

The Commission also works to build and strengthen the capacities of duty-bearers including, but not limited to, frontline service providers; decision and policy makers, and actors in the security sector and justice system.

It works in partnership with all national government agencies, independent constitutional commissions, local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, educational institutions, and civil society groups.

The CHR engages with the local and international communities for the protection and promotion of human rights.


Symbolism of the Logo of the Commission on Human Rights

The logo consists of a circle divided into two equal parts signifying equality in consonance with the principle that “All [human beings] shall be equal before the law” and representing the two-fold mandate of the CHR to advance “the promotion and protection of human rights”. The dove bearing an olive branch signifies peace, and a pair of scales symbolizes justice.

The left side of the logo in sky blue connotes “the right to advance one’s well-being and social, mental, and physical development”. The right side in gold expresses the need “to spur public awareness of the value of human dignity and the inalienable right to exercise human rights and liberties”.