APHR was founded in June 2013 with the objective of promoting democracy and human rights in all ASEAN states. It represents a regional response to human rights concerns, utilizing the specific characteristics and abilities of parliamentarians and other influential persons to advocate for the protection of human rights throughout ASEAN.

APHR founding members include many of the region’s most progressive parliamentarians with a proven track record of human rights advocacy work. It also counts among its advisors senior statesmen and highly influential and respected individuals that traverse political and national divides.

Among the organizations founding members are: Eva Kusuma Sundari (Indonesia), Charles Chong (Singapore), Walden Bello (Philippines), Son Chhay (Cambodia), Kraisak Choonhavan (Thailand), Lim Kit Siang (Malaysia), and Charles Santiago (Malaysia).

Key advisors include: Hasan Wirajuda (Indonesia), Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia), Vitit Muntharborn (Thailand), Sriprapha Petcharemesree (Thailand) and Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Malaysia).