Our vision is to build a regional network of initiatives led by refugees to bolster their ability to make meaningful contributions to decision-making processes
The humanitarian principles of non-discrimination, impartiality, humanity, independence and accountability to affected populations
Act as a sustainable and inclusive network for refugee -led organizations regionally and globally, creating regular and consistent space
Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR) is the only region-wide refugee-led network of refugee-led initiatives in the Asia Pacific region that is working with and for refugees. APNOR was established in 2018, on the recommendation of Asia Pacific Summit of Refugees (APSOR), which brought together 104 representatives from refugee-led organizations in Asia to advocate for refugee agency & self-representation.
On 22 October 2018, the Asia Pacific Summit of Refugees (APSOR) brought together 104 representatives from refugee-led organizations, networks and communities residing in 10 host countries in the Asia Pacific region to discuss and plan for greater refugee participation in policy- and decision-making. This was the first opportunity of its kind for refugee leaders in the Asia Pacific region to come together to share experiences, network and discuss how to strengthen refugee self-representation at all levels.
Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us - except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.
Refugees didn’t just escape a place. They had to escape a thousand memories until they’d put enough time and distance between them and their misery to wake to a better day.
Refugees are neither seen nor heard, but they are everywhere. They are witnesses to the most awful things that people can do to each other, and they become storytellers simply by existing. Refugees embody misery and suffering, and they force us to confront terrible chaos and evil.
We seek to foster an enabling environment in which refugees and affected communities engage directly in developing solutions.
Membership with APNOR 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.
Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (APNOR) is the only region-wide refugee-led network of refugee-led initiatives in the Asia Pacific region that is working with and for refugees. APNOR was established in 2018, on the recommendation of Asia Pacific Summit of Refugees (APSOR).