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About A Asia Pacific Forum


Recently, the President of India inaugurated Annual General Meeting and Biennial Conference of the Asia Pacific Forum on Human Rights in New Delhi.


GS II: International Relations

About Asia Pacific Forum

  • Foundation: Established in 1996.
  • Objective: Provides a unified platform for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) across the Asia Pacific region.
  • Challenges: Addresses some of the most pressing human rights issues in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Membership: Consists of 17 full members and eight associate members.
  • Indian Involvement: India has been a full-time member since 1996.
  • Membership Criteria: Full membership requires adherence to the minimum international standards outlined in the Paris Principles. NHRIs that partially comply are granted associate membership.
  • Admissions: Decisions regarding new member admissions are made by the Forum Council.
  • Key Goal: Facilitates the establishment of independent NHRIs in the Asia Pacific region and provides support to its members to enhance their effectiveness.

June 2024