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 is 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.
Business and human rights
Gaps in governance provide the environment in which harmful practices by companies of all kinds can occur, without adequate sanctions or reparation.
Rights of children
The best interests of the child must be the starting point when any decisions are made that affect his or her life.
Rights of people with disabilities
No matter what our background, we all have the same right to be treated fairly, contribute to our community and make decisions for ourselves.
Rights of indigenous peoples
National human rights institutions across the Asia Pacific region are building relationships with and working alongside indigenous communities.
Rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
As the world becomes increasingly globalised, the treatment of people moving across borders to live and work represents a key human rights challenge.
Rights of older people
Age should be no barrier to enjoying basic human rights. We all have the same right to be treated fairly and to live with dignity.
Preventing torture in places of detention
Opening up places of detention to independent monitoring teams is essential because people who are detained rely completely on those who detain them.
Respect for sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics
We should all enjoy equal rights and equal protection, no matter who we are or who we love.
Rights of women and girls
The rights of women and girls are a priority for national human rights institutions for the simple reason that women’s rights are human rights.
Supporting human rights defenders
Human rights defenders can face grave challenges in the countries in which they work. NHRIs have a critical role to support and protect defenders.
- Young boy turns prayer wheel, Lalitpur, Nepal - APF/James Iliffe