The APPAP Working Group on COVID-19 aims to examine the responses of states in the Asia Pacific region to contain the pandemic since January 2020, including the measures implemented as well as implications for vulnerable populations and for atrocity prevention in general. The Working Group will also look at the situation facing populations in conflict-affected areas, the intersection of pandemic responses and fundamental human rights, and experiences in refugee camps.

The Working Group convened its first online meeting on 30 June 2020 and will subsequently produce a report on case studies covering nine countries in the region: Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, China, Korea, Japan, and Fiji.  The analysis will identify key lessons in responding to the pandemic, focusing on protection of vulnerable populations and atrocity crime prevention. Recommendations will be made for strengthening the responses to the pandemic in order to protect vulnerable populations, for consideration by state and non-state stakeholders in the region.