Contributing at the national, regional & international level

Graphic: Delegates at the ICC meeting, Geneva


Promoting genuine and sustained change on human rights issues is complex and long-term work.

To contribute to this change, national human rights institutions (NHRIs) work with a broad range of stakeholders, including the government, the parliament, the judiciary, civil society groups, international partners and the media.

Our members also seek to raise human rights issues and advocate for practical changes within the international human rights system and with relevant regional bodies that exist.

The APF supports members in this important work by building understanding among governments in the region about the unique role and functions of independent national human rights institutions. We also advocate strongly on behalf of members institutions when they face reprisals for their work or threats to their independence.

In addition, we work to promote greater recognition and participation of NHRIs at the international and regional levels, as well as contribute the collective voice of our members to discussions in these fora.

The APF and individual members also contribute strongly to the work of the NHRIs internationally through the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.


Graphic: Meeting of representatives from APF members

Engaging with the international human rights system

This video forms part of a comprehensive APF training program for staff of national human rights institutions


The APF has a vital role to play in safeguarding national human rights institutions when they are under attack and speaking out against those acts of reprisal.

 Logo Phil Lynch, Director, International Service for Human Rights

Image credits

  1. Delegates at the ICC meeting, Geneva - APF/James Iliffe