What We Do
APRRN was formed in 2008 at a regional conference on refugee rights, held in Malaysia, in which representatives of 70 civil society organisations from 14 countries determined the necessity of establishing a coordinating entity to convene collaborative action, progress and advance refugee rights across the region. We have since grown to over 200 active members, with three main pillars of work.
APRRN's 200 active members possess extensive and complementary expertise and experiences. APRRN helps our members to challenges more effectively, through coordinating trainings and workshops online and throughout the region on a range of topics, including refugee law, advocacy, mental health responses, gender sensitivity, statelessness, and alternatives to detention. APRRN's flagship annual Short Course on Refugee Rights and Advocacy, organised in collaboration with the University of York and Mahidol University, prepares refugees and mid-to-high-level staff in civil society organisations to engage with issues of current concern, including gender, health, and discrimination, and how to plan and implement an advocacy campaign.
Knowledge and Resource Sharing
As a region-wide network with a wide variety of members, APRRN facilitates the sharing and exchange of information among members and partner organisations, in order to increase awareness of refugee issues and best practices. Through APRRN's listservs and meetings, members can share relevant events, publications, and opportunities with each other, thus raising awareness of what's being done and inspiring each other to keep advocating in an effective, inclusive, dignity-respecting and rights-based way.