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Asia Pacific Forum (APF)
Monday, 16 August 2010 10:22


The Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) is a member-based organisation that supports the establishment and strengthening of national human rights institutions in the Asia Pacific region (stretching from the Pacific to the Middle East). The APF provides a framework for national human rights institutions to work together and cooperate on a regional basis through a wide range of services, including training, capacity building, networks and staff exchanges.


In 2011, the Sixteenth Annual Meeting and Biennial Conference of the APF is set to take place between the sixth and eighth of September in Bangkok, Thailand. This year, the APF will focus on two key thematic areas: the right to development and the recent recommendations made to the national human rights institutions (NHRIs) by the APF Advisory Council of Jurists on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).


NGOs will have the opportunity to prepare their strategy of engagement with the APF during the Asian NGOs Network on NHRIs (ANNI) Regional Conference to be held in the days prior to the APF. In addition to addressing issues on the APF agenda, the ANNI participants will be reviewing the 1999 Kandy Programme of Action, which detailed means to enhance cooperation between NHRIs and civil society.


Previous forums have seen discussion across a wide array of thematic areas which have included: securing new protections for human rights defenders, improving respect for the right to freedom of religion through increased inter-faith dialogue, and the relationship between human rights and corruption.


To find out more about the APF, visit


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