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About the Asia Pacific Forum

The Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions is the leading regional human rights organisation in the Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) is the leading regional human rights organisation in the Asia Pacific.

Established in 1996, we are a member-based organisation that supports the establishment and strengthening of independent national human rights institutions in the region.

Our goal is to protect and promote the human rights of the people of the Asia Pacific region through the work of our member institutions.

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Our members

The APF currently has 15 full members and seven associate members. Our members represent a diverse range of countries from across the region.

To be admitted as a full member, a national human rights institution must comply with the minimum international standards set out in the Paris Principles.

Any national human rights institution in the Asia Pacific can apply to join the APF.

Decisions about membership are made by the Forum Council, the APF’s governing body.

Our priorities

The APF directs its efforts towards:

We also provide a framework for national human rights institutions to share information and work together on a regional basis to respond to issues of shared concern.

This is especially important given the Asia Pacific is the only region without a comprehensive intergovernmental system to monitor, promote and protect human rights.

Our approach is based on collaboration and partnership. We are supported in our work by a broad range of partners and stakeholders.

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