The Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN) is a network of individual young individuals who first began communicating online through Facebook in June 2008, following a consultation meeting in May 2008 hosted by Amnesty International.
The APYN promotes the idea that individuals working collectively can create change. Its’ model is based on individual participants.
APYN embraces the principles of community organizing, youth participation (including active participation), respecting diversity and engagement through activism.
An Asia Pacific region where human rights are universally respected and young people are actively engaged in the promotion and protection of these rights.
- To develop a network of young human rights activists working together to achieve human rights change through coordinated campaigns
- To actively engage with other young people in the Asia Pacific region to achieve human rights impact
- To introduce a wide spectrum of individuals and groups for effective human rights activism
- To work in spaces of creativity, innovation, equality and reflect in our work, those values enshrined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other international human rights standards
- The Asia Pacific Youth Network is committed to the inclusion of active participation principles throughout its work.
- APYN facilitates a community of young human rights activists based on the principles of international solidarity, effective action for the individual victim, regional coverage and the universality and indivisibility of human rights, impartiality and independence, and democracy and mutual respect.
Individuals can determine their participation through both online and community engagements.
- APYN calls on community organizing principles, encapsulating active participation to develop the individual network model (Global Individual-based Network for Growth and Human Rights Impact) through integrated activities that focus on campaigning, mobilizing and outreach/promotion to achieve growth objectives.
Funding and associations
- The Asia Pacific Youth Network receives funds from Amnesty International and is supported by Amnesty International in the Asia Pacific region. Many other people and organizations give their time, energy and expertise to contribute to the APYN.
- APYN has also worked with the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network, Tactical Technology Collective, Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) and many more.