Graphic: Opening ceremony of 19th APF Annual Meeting
The APF is made up of 25 national human rights institutions from across the Asia Pacific
The APF was established in 1996 with five members. Today, our membership includes 25 national human rights institutions from all corners of the Asia Pacific.
Despite the diverse and complex social, cultural and political environments in which they operate, our members are committed to working collaboratively to address some of the most complex human rights challenges facing our region.
We offer a comprehensive program of services to support our members in their work to promote and protect human rights in their respective countries.
Dr Sima Samar, founding Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, describes the challenges of protecting human rights and promoting accountability in a country "where there is no rule of law".
The APF has 16 full members and nine associate members.
To be admitted as a full member, a national human rights institution must fully comply with the minimum international standards set out in the Paris Principles.
National human rights institutions that partially comply with the Paris Principles are granted associate membership.
To ensure consistency and to minimise duplication, we may use the accreditation decisions of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) to determine APF membership status.
We also provide practical support to our members before, during and after the GANHRI accreditation process.
Full membership of the APF is equivalent to the GANHRI accreditation of "A status" and associate membership of the APF is equivalent to the GANHRI accreditation of "B status".
National human rights institutions that have not sought accreditation through GANHRI may be granted associate membership by the APF Forum Council until a determination of their accreditation status is made by GANHRI.
Becoming a member
Any national human rights institution in the Asia Pacific region can apply to join the APF.
Decisions about the admission of new members to the APF are made by the Forum Council.
The Forum Council can also amend the membership category of an existing member, based on the accreditation decisions of GANHRI.
For further information about becoming a member, please contact the APF secretariat.
- Opening ceremony of 19th APF Annual Meeting - National Human Rights Commission of India