AUN Human Rights Education Network (AUN-HRE)


Quick Facts
Establishment: 2009
Focus: Human rights education
Host: Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University
Members: AUN30 + 2 Associate Members
Chair/Convener: Dr. Vachararutai Boontinand (Convener)
Manager: Sunsanee Sutthisunsanee


Youtube: AUN-HRE


Realizing that human rights and fundamental freedoms are key principles for ASEAN community-building, the ASEAN University Network–Human Rights Education (AUN-HRE) thematic network was formally established in 2009 by the ASEAN University Network Board of Trustees to promote education and research opportunities in the area of human rights, serve as a platform for collaboration and capacity-building amongst member institutions to strengthen existing cooperation and enhance human rights education in the ASEAN region.
Mahidol University was appointed as the focal point for the theme. The Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies has been assigned to coordinate the network and implement relevant activities in cooperation with its members.

AUN-HRE strives to place human rights and peace high in educational and research agenda of not only partner universities but also of the governments and other stakeholders.

The AUN-HRE’s vision is to see a Southeast Asia where the culture and values of human rights, peace and democracy are instilled through widespread research and teaching in higher education.

AUN-HRE believes that the various forms of threats to human rights and peace cannot be effectively addressed unless there are highly skilled network of experts and evidence-based knowledge in the region. AUN-HRE is determined to build regional cooperation on human rights and peace in higher education and contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights and sustainable peace for all people in ASEAN/Southeast Asia.


AUN-HRE in collaboration with the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Net­work (SEAHRN) jointly runs the human rights education project under Strengthen­ing Human Rights and Peace Research and Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia (SHAPE-SEA). The overarching objective is to contribute to the improvement of human rights and peace situation in Southeast Asia through applied research and education. The strategy of the program is to directly involve and engage universities to play a more significant role in promoting human rights and peace by contributing research and by increasing the knowledge of human rights and peace by incorporating them into university education.

Activities and Achievements


Production of groundbreaking textbooks on human rights in Southeast Asia


AUN-HRE has published multiple textbooks produced by Southeast Asian scholars. So far, three volumes comprised of 23 chapters covering a wide range of issues critical to the region. A teaching manual was developed to complement the Textbooks. The fourth volume focusing on peace and conflict transformation is underway. The textbooks can be found here:

Annual Regional lecturers' workshop on teaching human rights


AUN-HRE organizes an annual regional workshop aimed at teaching university lecturers how to effectively and delicately instruct university students on the topic of human rights. 

Online Courses


Based on the textbooks, online courses were developed and made available to the public. You can find them on AUN-HRE's Youtube channel here: Human Rights E-Learning

Policy Advocacy

To ensure that human rights and peace education is supported by ASEAN higher education institutions and ASEAN relevant entities, the AUN-HRE has been doing policy advocacy throughout the region.

Student Engagement


ASEAN regional collaborative graduate program

One of the outcomes which already enjoyed support of ASEAN Senior Officials of Education Meeting is the development of an ASEAN regional collaborative graduate program in human rights which, once established, will be the first ever in the region.

Regional network meetingwhich collaborates beyond the ASEAN region