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Asia Pacific Forum - Advancing Human Rights in our Region APF Bulletin
October 2009
Welcome to the monthly newsletter of the APF, a round up of news, activities and events involving national human rights institutions in the Asia Pacific region.
APF News
Japan, Korea discuss torture prevention protocol

Practical steps to prevent torture and ill-treatment, especially through ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture, were key topics of discussion at workshops held in Tokyo and Seoul.

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Papua New Guinea takes steps to establish national institution

An independent national human rights institution in Papua New Guinea is a step closer to being established, following a recent workshop to finalise the legal framework for the proposed body.

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Assessing human rights progress in the Asia Pacific

A major research project is examining whether human rights are more effectively advanced by ‘horizontal’ peer networks, such as the APF and its work with individual NHRIs.

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Asian civil society mobilise in support of refugee rights

With more refugees on the move but few Asian countries welcoming them, civil society groups from across the region have met to develop strategies to press for stronger refugee rights.

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Call for new technology policies for region’s disabled

A UN-backed meeting in Korea has called for improved access to Internet and mobile phone technologies, among others, for the 400 million persons with disabilities living in the Asia Pacific region.

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Human Rights Spotlight
hr_spotlight_oct_2009.jpgClimate change creating deadlier disasters

Climate change is contributing to more frequent and deadlier natural disasters and governments need to speed up efforts to mitigate their impact, says a senior UN representative.

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APF Partners
apf_people_oct_2009.jpgHashimah Nik Jaafar, National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia

The Commission’s Secretary has a history of taking on challenging roles and delivering positive results.

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Around the Region
Philippines: CHR to be given power to prosecute rights violations read 'ASEAN commits to human rights body'
Maldives: HRCM slams government inaction on extremism read 'Engaging with the UN: Korea hosts seminar for national institutions'
Australia: Committee recommends federal Human Rights Act read 'Malaysian team visits Australia and NZ'
Nepal: Draft NHRC bill raises Commission’s concerns read 'Improve law enforcement to check crimes against women'
Mongolia: UN experts applauds steps towards universal education read 'Improve law enforcement to check crimes against women'
India: Everyone must be a human rights defender read 'Improve law enforcement to check crimes against women'
New Zealand: Round-up of recent Commission activities read 'Improve law enforcement to check crimes against women'
Events & Training
ICC Bureau Meeting
Meeting will focus on strategic planning for the ICC, and consider regional and thematic reports; 1-2 November 2009; Rabat, Morocco »
International Human Rights Training Program
Equitas’ annual training course brings together participants from over 60 countries; apply by 21 November for the 2010 program »
UN Forum on Minority Issues, 2nd Session
Participants will examine key issues and share best practice on ‘Minorities and Effective Political Participation’; 12-13 November 2009; Geneva, Switzerland »
Geo-Mapping for Human Rights
Learn innovative ideas and join in the next ‘New Tactics’ online discussion; runs from 28 October - 3 November »
Human Rights Council, 12th Session
Read the report, resolutions and decisions adopted at the session (14 Sep – 2 Oct 2009), which included discussion of the report on the Gaza conflict »
Human Rights Education: A Compendium of Good Practice
Brings together 101 exemplary practices from the school systems of Central Asia, Europe and North America »
Progress for Children
Children around the world continue to experience fundamental violations of their human rights, according to new UNICEF report »
State of Food Security in the World 2009
New study finds almost two-thirds of the world’s chronically hungry people – 642 million – live in the Asia Pacific »
Front Line Award 2010
Recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the protection of human rights in the face of considerable risk; nominations close 31 December 2009 »
Gender-based-Violence Advisor, International Rescue Committee
Provide technical support to help implement UNIFEM-funded program to combat violence against women; based in Amman, Jordan; apply by 15 December 2009 »
Legal Consultant, International Organization for Migration
Five month consultancy to support Timor Leste Government develop a comprehensive legal framework to counter human trafficking; based in Dili, Timor Leste; apply by 13 November 2009 »
Senior Human Rights Officer, Chief of Unit/Section, P-5, OHCHR
Coordinate the work of the OHCHR on the activities of the human rights treaty body system; based in Geneva; Switzerland; apply by 22 November 2009 »
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