Posted on 18 November 2020
The Short Course is the flagship annual training event for refugee rights activists in the region. The Centre and APRRN have a long history of collaborating on the short course, with Martin Jones and Alice Nah having helped APRRN launch the Short Course in Bangkok a decade ago. This year's iteration is a collaboration between the Centre, APRRN and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies of Mahidol University. As a result of the pandemic, the course will be held entirely online over four weeks in November and December. In the wake of APRRN's support of the landmark Global Summit of Refugees and its work in supporting the goal of refugee-led advocacy on refugee issues, the Short Course will welcome a record number of refugee participants.
APRRN is an open and growing network consisting of more than 434 civil society organisations and individuals from 29 countries committed to advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific region. Alice Nah served as the first chair of the Steering Committee of the network and Martin Jones was the first chair of its Legal Aid and Advocacy Working Group. APRRN members are diverse, including service providers, human rights advocacy groups, research institutions, law firms providing pro-bono legal aid, refugee community-based organisations and refugees themselves. Almost all APRRN members are civil society groups working in their specific local contexts, lobbying their governments for changes in policies and legislation to protect the rights of refugees.