The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) is a network of civil society organisations and individuals committed to advancing the rights of refugees. Our diverse membership includes organisations and individuals from numerous countries and focus areas. If you are interested in applying to become a member of APRRN, please read the information below on membership criteria, expectations and the application process.
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- Membership 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.
Expectations from Members
APRRN as a network is committed to upholding the following values and 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
Members are expected to abide by APRRN rules and regulations as detailed in the APRRN Constitution.
Members are expected to actively engage in the activities of the network. For more details on membership engagement please refer to the APRRN Members Welcome Guide 2016.
APRRN has two categories for membership: organisational, and indivudal membership.
As full members, organisations are required to:
- Designate a primary point of contact for APRRN, who may then nominate additional colleagues participate in APRRN activities
- Inform the APRRN Secretariat if they or their nominees are no longer employed by or cease to be associated with their organisation
As full members, organisations have the following rights:
- If a vote is called in APRRN’s General Assembly, to exercise one (1) vote
- To be nominated and stand for election to positions on APRRN’s Steering Committee (election and duties of Steering Committee in Article 5 of the APRRN Constitution)
Individual members of APRRN are not eligible to vote, nominate, or stand for election, nor to be elected or appointed to positions on APRRN’s Steering Committee
Application for Membership
- All prospective members complete an Application for Membership Form. All applications must be endorsed by two current individual or organisational members of APRRN.
- All membership applications are subject to approval by APRRN’s Membership Sub-committee. The Secretariat will undertake background checks with members that have been 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.
- Individuals that are already employed by an APRRN member organization are not eligible for individual APRRN membership.
- The APRRN Secretariat receives membership applications year-round. Receipt of an application is provided by e-mail. The Secretariat endeavours to inform applications on the outcome of their application within two months of submission.
- Upon approval, members receive the “Welcome Guide” as well as all relevant governance materials and 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
- The applicant does not fulfill APRRN’s criteria for membership.
Rejected membership applicants will be provided with full details for the rejection by email.
Termination of Membership
Membership of APRRN may be terminated by APRRN’s Steering Committee on the following grounds:
- At the request of the member
- If a member is found to have advocated or supported a breach of human rights through their actions.
- If a member is found to be in breach of APRRN’s membership criteria
- If a member is found to be in serious breach of APRRN’s Code of Conduct or Code of Good Practice, or any other statement of principles endorsed by APRRN’s General Assembly.
A complaints mechanism is currently being established. In the meantime, please contact the APRRN Secretariat via email@example.com.