Membership with APRRN is open to all civil society organisations and individuals committed to advocating for the rights of refugees and other people in need of protection in the Asia Pacific region. This includes civil society organisations and individuals based outside of the Asia Pacific region. Membership is not open to governmental, inter-governmental, para-governmental and para-military bodies; national human rights institutions; or members of the media. It is also not open to individuals who work for these organisations/bodies. All members are required to adhere to the core principles of APRRN, outlined below. Members are also required to adhere to any additional codes of conduct or good practice, values statements or principles endorsed by the APRRN general membership.
APRRN Values & Principles
- Using a rights-based approach.
- The humanitarian principles of non-discrimination, impartiality, humanity, independence and accountability to affected populations.
- The principle of “Do no harm”.
- Building solidarity and collaboration amongst civil society actors in the Asia Pacific region.
- Working responsibly and with respect, accountability and transparency.
- Upholding the rights of all persons, in particular refugees, stateless persons and forcibly displaced persons, as outlined in:
- The international refugee rights regime, which includes, inter alia, the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol
- International human rights law,
- International humanitarian law
- International customary law
- Relevant national and regional instruments.
There are two types of membership: full membership open to organisations, and associate membership open to individuals.
As full members, organisations are required to:
- Designate a primary point of contact for the Network, who may then nominate additional employees/volunteers to take part in Network activities.
- Inform the network if they or their nominees are no longer employed by, or volunteers of, their organisation.
As full members, organisations have the following rights:
- If a vote is called in the General Assembly meeting of the Network, to exercise one vote.
- To stand for elections to positions on the Steering Committee (duties of Steering Committee in Article 17).
Individuals applying for associate membership do not have the right to nominate, vote or stand for elections, nor to be elected or appointed to positions on the Steering Committee.
Application For Membership
- All prospective members must complete and submit the relevant Membership Application Form:
Application Form for Organisational Membership
Application Form for Individual Membership
- Applications require the endorsements of two current individual or organisational members of APRRN. This can be detailed in the Membership Application Form.
- All applications are subject to review and approval by APRRN’s Membership Sub-Committee. The Secretariat will undertake background checks with members provided as referees in the Application Form. If referees are uncontactable or not provided, the Secretariat will check with existing members in the relevant country. Kindly note that individuals that are already employed by an APRRN member organisation are not eligible for individual APRRN membership.
- The Secretariat receives membership applications year-round. Receipt of an application is provided by e-mail. The Secretariat endeavours to inform applications of their application outcome within two months of submission.
- Upon approval, new members will receive documents as well as all relevant governance materials pertaining to their membership. New members will be added to the Google Groups and APRRN’s internal membership database.
- Membership applications may be rejected for the following reasons:
- Insufficient information is provided by the applicant
- Existing APRRN members have valid objections to the application
- The APRRN Membership Sub-Committee has valid objections to the application
- The applicant does not fulfill APRRN’s criteria for membership
Rejected membership applicants will be provided with full details for the rejection by email.