National Human Rights Institutions in Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) and the APT are working together to increase the torture prevention capacity of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the region.

The partnership began in 2005 when APT participated in the 10th Annual Meeting of the APF in Mongolia, which focused on the role of NHRIs in preventing torture and other ill-treatment.

In 2010, we published, together with the OHCHR, Preventing Torture: An Operational Guide for National Human Rights Institutions. The same year we organised a pilot training course for South East Asian NHRIs, involving 27 participants from the NHRIs of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste. This was followed up in 2011 by a South Asia sub-regional training event in Nepal, involving 26 participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

In 2014, the APF and APT launched a three-year EU-funded project on torture prevention and NHRIs. The project involves a series of training activities on topics, identified as areas of need by the participating institutions. Many of the activities include an online component, where participants can share knowledge and become familiar with basic concepts, as well as a face-to-face workshop, where good practices can be identified and agreed upon.

The project includes an Arabic-language activity on detention monitoring, held in Amman in 2014, with 15 participants from Jordan, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Iraq and Bahrain. Also in 2014, it included a training course on monitoring police detention for participants from NHRIs in Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Malaysia.

2015 saw training events on monitoring migrant detention and a workshop and online course on investigating allegations of torture.

The project also includes a two-year effort to support nine ‘Torture Prevention Ambassadors’, selected from NHRIs in the region.

Read more about the project activities here.

 

The three year APF-project is funded by the European Union.