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24th APF Annual Meeting and Biennial Conference

Graphic: A group of smiling children, India

Event starts

03 Sep 2019

Event ends

05 Sep 2019


Seoul, South Korea
South Korea

The APF Biennial Conference examined the role of NHRIs to counter hate, prejudice and discrimination.

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In the wake of violent attacks that have rocked the Asia Pacific this year, the 2019 APF Biennial Conference explored the role of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) to counter hate and discrimination.

Representatives from NHRIs, civil society organisations, government and international agencies in the region contributed to panel discussions examining:

  • Good practice responses to hate and discrimination by NHRIs
  • Building partnerships and cooperation to counter hate and discrimination
  • Measures to be taken to prevent hate and discrimination in all parts of society.

The Conference, held in Seoul on 5 September 2019, was hosted by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea.

The 24th APF Annual Meeting was held on 3-4 September 2019, in the lead up to the Conference.

In addition to presentations from the APF's 25 member institutions, the Annual Meeting included an interactive dialogue with representatives from the Asian NGOs Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI).

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Annual General Meeting: Papers

Annual General Meeting: Final Report

Member presentation: Afghanistan

Member presentation: Australia

Member presentation: Bangladesh

Member presentation: India

Member presentation: Indonesia

Member presentation: Iraq

Member presentation: Kazakhstan

Member presentation: Korea

Member presentation: Kyrgyz Republic

Member presentation: Malaysia

Member presentation: Maldives

Member presentation: Mongolia

Member presentation: Myanmar

Member presentation: Nepal

Member presentation: Oman

Member presentation: Palestine

Member presentation: Philippines

Member presentation: Qatar

Member presentation: Samoa

Member presentation: Sri Lanka

Member presentation: Thailand

Member presentation: Timor Leste

Member presentation: Tuvalu

APF Biennial Conference



Welcome address by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Presentation by Young-sook Cho, International Solidarity Center

Presentation by Kyung-seo Park, Korean National Red Cross

Presentation by Chinsung Chung, Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Presentation by Joëlle Hivonnet, EU Delegation

Presentation by Jung Hyesil

Presentation by Sakuntala Kadirgamar, Law and Society Trust

Presentation on the Role and Function of the NHRCK

Presentation on the NHRCK Strategic Plan to Combat Hate Speech

Presentation by the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar

Presentation by the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM)

Presentation by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM)

Closing Remarks by APF Chairperson Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher

Image credits

  1. A group of smiling children, India - Loren Joseph on Unsplash