Become A Member

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.

Organisational Membership: Click here to apply

Individual Membership: Click here to apply


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 as a network is committed to upholding the following values and principles:

    1. Using a rights-based approach

    2. The humanitarian principles of non-discrimination, impartiality, humanity, independence and accountability to affected populations

    3. The principle of “Do no harm”

    4. Building solidarity and collaboration amongst civil society actors in the Asia Pacific region

    5. Working responsibly and with respect, accountability and transparency

    6. 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 Statutes.


APRRN has two categories for membership: Organisational and Individual Membership.

Organisational members would:

  • Designate a primary point of contact for APRRN and additional colleagues participate in APRRN activities

  • Participate in the voting process during APRRN’s General Assembly, to exercise one (1) vote

  • Be able to nominate and stand for election to positions on APRRN’s Steering Committee


  • 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 organisation 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 guidance documents as well as all relevant governance materials and will be added to the LISTSERV 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.


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


To get in touch with our Complaints Committee, please contact