Welcome to APF Community

Our vision is for an Asia Pacific where Human Rights are universally enjoyed and respected

Our Members

The APF was established in 1996 with five members. Today, our membership includes 26 National Human Rights Institutions from all corners of the Asia Pacific. Within the rich social and cultural diversity of our membership, APF members work collaboratively to address some of the most complex human rights challenges in our region. We offer a comprehensive program of services to support our members in their work to promote and protect human rights.


Sharing expertise and taking collective action is essential to advance genuine change on human rights issues. That's why collaboration lies at the heart of our work. APF members have a shared vision and a shared commitment to drive positive and sustained changes for individuals and communities across the Asia Pacific. We also work closely with a wide range of partners, including key UN agencies and non-governmental organisations. Our work is supported by donors who share our commitment to promoting and protecting human rights.

Our story

Founded in 1996, the APF has created a strong and united platform that brings together National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) from all corners of the Asia Pacific to address some of the most serious human rights challenges in our region. Drawing on 25 years of human rights experience, a commitment to innovation and an outcomes-based approach to our work, our expertise lies in supporting the establishment of NHRIs and strengthening the capacity of our members to carry out their vital work.

We also work closely with governments, civil society organisations, regional human rights bodies, and the international community to build strong partnerships and strengthen the impact of our members as they work to build fair, inclusive, and resilient communities. From five founding members, the APF membership has expanded to 26 NHRIs. Our network now supports over 4000 dedicated human rights defenders who work tirelessly on the ground to protect the rights of those most vulnerable.

Through the sustained and dedicated efforts of our members, the APF is helping to build an Asia Pacific where everyone can enjoy their human rights.