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Regional Cooperation

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Following the World Conference, in early 1994, the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) developed a detailed proposal on the structure and objectives of an “Asia Pacific Conference” of NHRIs. During 1994-1995, the United Nations, working through the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, had established an “Asia-Pacific Human Rights Framework” which was formally adopted at a regional meeting in 1998 in Teheran. Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) is the most credible and effective regional organisation of NHRIs currently in existence and is undertaking a number of important initiatives to support both its full members and associate members–in line with the objectives in its charter. Among the most important reasons for the APF’s credibility is the fact that its rules require NHRIs to comply with the minimum standards prescribed in the Paris Principles before they can be admitted to full membership.

Keywords: APF; HREOC; NHRIs; regional cooperation; World Conference



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