APF leadership team elected for two-year term
Graphic: • Ms Young-ae Choi, Chairperson of Korea's NHRI, takes part in the online annual meeting
APF members elected a new five-member Governance Committee at this year’s annual meeting, the first to be held online.
APF members elected a new five-member Governance Committee at the annual meeting which, for the first-time in the organisation's 25-year history, was held online.
The new APF leadership team includes:
- Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher; President, Australian Human Rights Commission
- Ms Young-ae Choi; Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of Korea
APF Deputy Chairperson
- Justice H. L. Dattu; Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of India
- Tan Sri Othman Hashim; Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia
- Dr. Mohammed Al-Kuwari; Deputy Chairperson, National Human Rights Committee of Qatar
The role of the five-member APF Governance Committee is to consider and make recommendations to the APF General Assembly on a range of issues.
Members of the Governance Committee are elected for a two-year term.
In addition, APF members voted for the National Human Rights Commission of India to host the APF's 26th Annual Meeting and Biennial Conference in 2021.
In her presentation to APF 25, Shaharzad Akbar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, reflected on the impact of attacks that have killed three staff members during the year and the need for a genuine and inclusive peace process in the country.
The APF's 25th Annual Meeting, held on 9 September 2020, included video presentations from the:
- APF Chairperson on key achievements and emerging issues during the past year
- APF Gender Focal Point on NHRI efforts to promote gender equality in their work
- Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission on the killing of Commission staff members
- OHCHR South East Asia Representative on NHRIs and humanitarian action.
The Acting Chairperson of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, Dr Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairperson of the National Human Rights Committee of Qatar, also addressed the APF Annual Meeting.
"Despite the annual meeting being a virtual event, APF members showed the same high levels of collegiality and cooperation," Kieren Fitzpatrick, Director of the APF secretariat, said.
"However, we are all hopeful we will all be able to meet in person again in India next year," he said.
"We are also looking forward to supporting our members in the months ahead as they meet the unfolding challenges of upholding human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Meeting papers and presentations are available on the APF website.
Date: 21 September 2020
- • Ms Young-ae Choi, Chairperson of Korea's NHRI, takes part in the online annual meeting - APF