The Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) is a network of more than 48 non-governmental organisations working to promote human rights at the national, regional and international levels, using national, ASEAN and UN mechanisms. It was established in 2003 by NGOs sharing similar interests, seeking a platform to coordinate and lead international advocacy efforts. HRWG’s main objective is to promote government accountability on constitutional obligations and international standards to respect, promote, protect and fulfill human rights at home by maximising available human rights mechanisms at different levels.

Areas of Work

HRWG has drawn upon its role as a regional actor to further the mission of increasing the effectiveness of human rights advocacy work at the United Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and Organizations of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) with the following objectives:

  1. Impact-oriented - to ensure that international advocacy has an impact at the domestic level by working in coordination with human rights defenders and relevant stakeholders, both at the national and international level;
  2. Cultivating Networks and Coalitions - in bringing and supporting national issues to the national and international arena;
  3. Capacity Building - to create a pool of experts, trainers, and human rights defenders from civil society to carry out the work on human rights advocacy;
  4. Monitoring and Knowledge Building - by monitoring Southeast Asian countries’ foreign policy on human rights.

Atrocity Prevention Programs/Activities

The main activities of the HRWG include advocating for human rights in national, regional (with ASEAN), and international (with the UN) arenas; conducting human rights research, training, and campaign activities; and working with stakeholders in the prevention of mass atrocities. Our advocacy of human rights is focused on the right to freedom of religion or belief, the right to freedom from racial discrimination and torture, and the rights of migrant workers, using national and regional human rights standards.


Mr Daniel Awigra

E: awigra2015@gmail.com