Promoting & Protecting Human Rights

Graphic: Young boy turns prayer wheel, Lalitpur, Nepal

We work with a range of partners to help build communities where the rights of all people are respected, protected and fulfilled.


The APF provides the support our members need to be powerful agents for change.

NHRIs help drive changes – big and small – that make a lasting difference in the lives of individuals and strengthen the fabric of our communities.

Change can take many forms: such as removing discrimination in laws and policies, improving the practices of law enforcement and government officials, promoting better ways of doing business, and challenging negative stereotypes about vulnerable groups in the community.


Bringing about change on complex issues is difficult, long-term work. It also involves many committed groups and individuals working together.

The APF and our member institutions play a critical role in contributing to genuine reforms talking place in different parts of the Asia Pacific region.

We work with a range of partners – civil society organisations, governments and international organisations – to help build communities where the human rights of all people are respected, protected and fulfilled.

This section provides an overview of the human rights issues where the APF seeks to contribute to lasting change.



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  1. Young boy turns prayer wheel, Lalitpur, Nepal - APF/James Iliffe