Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

Organization's name: Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions
Organization's acronym: APF
Headquarters address  
Address: 175 Pitt Street
Sydney
New Sount Wales
Australia
Phone: +61292849845
Fax: +61292849825
Email: apf@asiapacificforum.net
Web site: www.asiapacificforum.net
Organization type: Others
Languages:
  • English
  • Arabic

Activities

Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:
Economic and Social:
  • Human Rights

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women:
  • Human rights of women

Social Development:
  • Aging
  • Disabled persons
  • Indigenous issues
  • Social policy
  • Technical cooperation
  • Youth

Sustainable Development:
  • Capacity-building
  • Gender equality
  • International law
Geographic scope: Regional
  • Asia
  • Oceania
Country of activity:
  • Jordan
  • Malaysia
  • Qatar
  • Bahrain
  • Pakistan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Iraq
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • Myanmar
  • Afghanistan
  • Mongolia
  • State of Palestine
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Indonesia
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Samoa
  • Kazakhstan
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Oman
  • Republic of Korea
Millennium Development Goals:
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 1996
Year of registration (YYYY): 1996
Organizational structure: A board that is comprised of one representative each from the APF's 'A' status accredited National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) supported by a professional secretariat.
Number and type of members: 22 member NHRIs from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Oman, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand & Timor-Leste. 4 NHRIs currently applying for membership Bahrain, Fiji, Iraq & Pakistan.
Affiliation with NGO networks: None
Funding structure:
  • Membership fees or dues
  • Grants from Governments
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Donations and grants from domestic sources
  • Foreign and international grants
Funding structure other: Not for profit

Additional Information

Sustainable Development

Involvement in UN Partnerships: Yes
If yes, explain in detail: Formal partnerships with UNDP, OHCHR, UNESCO, UNFPA generally through a Memorandum of Understanding and then specific project activities.
Affiliation with other organizations: The APF is one of the formal 4 regional networks of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions
Publications: APF Bulletin, 10 issues per year.

Social Development

Accreditation to: Indigenous Forum
Affiliation with other organizations: The APF is one of the formal 4 regional networks of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.
Publications: APF Bulletin, 10 issues per year.
Purpose of the organization: The APF as a network of national human rights institutions in the Asia and Pacific region provides advisory, networking and capacity-building services to our members to support them in their efforts to promote and protect human rights and to comply with international norms and standards.
Activities relevant to the conference of States Parties to the convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: NHRIs are designated as National Monitoring Mechanisms under Article 33 of CRPD.
Confirmation of the activities of the organization at the regional, national or international level: The APF undertakes activities both regionally within the Asia Pacific region and nationally with our 22 member NHRIs and 4 applicant member NHRIs.
A list of members of the governing body of the organization, and their countries of nationality: See http://www.asiapacificforum.net/about/governance/forum-council/
Description of the membership of the organization, indicating the total number of members: 22 member NHRIs from the Asia Pacific and 4 applicant NHRIs - see http://www.asiapacificforum.net/about/governance/forum-council/

Advancement of Women

Affiliation with other organizations: The APF is one of the formal 4 regional networks of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions.
Publications: APF Bulletin, 10 issues per year.
Statements or documents submitted
to the Commission on the Status of Women:
See 60th session CSE Agreed Conclusions OP 9 on the importance of NHRIs.
Statements or documents submitted
to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women:
Too many to list - see, for example, E/CN.6/2008/CRP.1

Other UN Entities

Accreditation with other UN Entities:
  • UNDP
  • UNESCO
  • ESCAP
  • UNFPA