Supporting National Human Rights Institutions
Graphic: Staff from the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
We promote the establishment of independent NHRIs in the Asia Pacific and support our members to be as effective as possible.
Independent and effective national human rights institutions (NHRIs) can be powerful agents for change.
By taking action to hold governments to account and protect the rights of vulnerable individuals and groups, NHRIs are helping build strong, fair and inclusive communities.
A fundamental goal of the APF is to promote the establishment of independent NHRIs in the Asia Pacific region and to support our members to do their work as effectively as possible.
We do this by providing a comprehensive suite of programs and services, as well as contributing the collective voice of our members to discussion of human rights issues at the international and regional levels.
What are national human rights institutions?
NHRIs are independent bodies that promote and protect human rights in the countries where they have been established.
The Paris Principles set out the minimum standards required by NHRIs to be considered credible and to operate effectively.
Supporting the establishment of national human rights institutions
We provide advice and assistance to governments and parliaments so that new NHRIs can comply with the Paris Principles.
Delivering professional development training
We offer a broad range of training programs that help strengthen the capacity of our members to do their vital work.
Assisting our members with capacity assessments
The capacity assessment is a forward-looking process that helps identify the current capacities of the NHRI and those that need to be strengthened.
Assisting members with international accreditation
APF members, along with NHRIs from around the globe, take part in a regular review process by GANHRI to assess compliance with the Paris Principles.
Promoting collaboration and partnerships
Our members are committed to sharing experiences, exchanging information and working collaboratively to address common human rights challenges.
Preparing professional development resources
We produce professional resources that provide practical guidance on a wide range of human rights issues and themes.
Providing advice and expertise
We provide advice and expertise to our members, as well to governments and civil society organisations in the region.
- Staff from the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission - APF/Benjamin Lee