About the Asia Pacific Forum

Graphic: Girl, mother and grandmother on beach

Our vision is for an Asia Pacific where everyone enjoys human rights.

As a coalition of national human rights institutions, we work together and share our expertise to help make this vision a reality.


No matter who we are or where we live, we all want the same thing:

  • To be treated fairly and with respect.
  • To live free from violence and discrimination.
  • To have opportunities and make choices in life.

The APF is helping build an Asia Pacific region where everyone can enjoy these fundamental human rights.

Graphic: Nepal NHRC team meet with relative of victim


A unique contribution

Unlike the other regions in the world, there is no regional court or protection system in the Asia Pacific that people can turn to when their human rights are abused.

This is where the APF makes a unique contribution.

The APF is a coalition of 22 national human rights institutions from all corners of our region.

National human rights institutions are independent bodies with powers to investigate and report on human rights violations, to stand up for those in need of protection and to hold their governments to account.

They also help shape laws, policies, practices and attitudes that create strong, fair and inclusive communities.

A fundamental goal of the APF is to support the establishment of independent national human rights institutions in the Asia Pacific region and to strengthen our members to do this work.

We also bring our members together, and build partnerships with others, in order to tackle some of the most serious and complex human rights challenges facing our region.

The APF is well recognised as the most effective regional network of NHRIs in the world.

Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Logo Tan Sri Hasmy Agam, Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia

How we work

Sharing expertise and taking collective action is essential to advance genuine change on human rights issues. That's why collaboration lies at the heart of our work.

APF members have a shared vision and a shared commitment to drive positive and sustained changes for individuals and communities across the Asia Pacific.

We also work closely with a wide range of partners, including key UN agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Our work is supported by donors who share our commitment to promoting and protecting human rights.


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Image credits

  1. Girl, mother and grandmother on beach - Padmanaba01, Flickr; http://bit.ly/1MGBDBd
  2. Nepal NHRC team meet with relative of victim - National Human Rights Commission of Nepal