In August 2019, APPAP members convened in Jakarta, Indonesia, joined by special guests including UN Special Advisor to the Secretary General on the Responsibility to Protect, Dr Karen Smith, and Mr Allaster Cox, Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy Jakarta. The program included a business meeting with the theme of “Implementing R2P in the Asia Pacific: Overcoming Challenges, Building Resilience”, a youth forum, training on gender-based atrocity crimes for human rights defenders, a dialogue with Indonesian MPs, executive training on R2P and the annual Dr. Surin Pitsuwan Memorial Oration. Read more in the Spotlight report (PDF, 880KB) on the meeting.

Third APPAP Meeting
Participants at the APPAP meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 2019

The second annual meeting of the APPAP was held in Bangkok on the Siam Anantara, Bangkok, Thailand on the 22nd of August 2018.

The partnership, which grew from 14 to 19 member organisations in the previous 12 months, discussed the challenges, goals, and achievements of APPAP. The landscape of atrocity prevention in the region was reviewed against the backdrop of current challenges, such as crises in Myanmar, North Korea and the Philippines. The achievements in the area of atrocity prevention were highlighted, as well as key opportunities for further work, for example, ASEANs current commitment to the ‘culture of prevention’. Two key working groups (‘Atrocity Prevention Awareness Raising’ and ‘Gender and Atrocity Prevention’) presented their work over the last 12 months, and their recommendations for future action.

Read the full report (PDF, 443KB).

The inaugural meeting of APPAP was held in Singapore in November 2016, at which Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, former Secretary-General of ASEAN and Chair of the High-Level Advisory Panel on the Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia, welcomed the new alliance and commended its shared vision of region that protects its people from atrocity crimes.

Read the full report (PDF, 2.7MB).