APHR seeks to create an ASEAN region that allows space for people to live in dignity and free from all forms of discrimination and violence, where human rights is at the center of development, and strong national and regional institutions exist that are transparent and accountable to the people.

Every day, countless people across Southeast Asia become victims of human rights violations. For many, justice and accountability appear out of reach, and the individual governments of the ten ASEAN member states regularly fail the more marginalized in their societies. While civil society in many places is strong, and there is a genuine desire to move towards more progressive rule in many nations, there is also strong resistance to change from entrenched powers.

APHR was born out of the recognition of this struggle and desire from progressive legislators across the region to work together to support a move to more equitable societies that promote and protect human rights.