27th Annual Program 2017 - Timor-Leste

Oct (TBC) 2017, Timor- Leste                                                                     


The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is calling for applications for its 27th Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous Australia.

This annual, comprehensive human rights and advocacy training course is the longest established human rights training program held in the region. It builds knowledge of international human rights standards and the UN system and their relevance to advocacy on a wide range of human rights concerns. There are intensive sessions on human rights and development, advocacy and media skills.

Civil society advocacy has a vital role to play in closing the gap between agreed human rights standards and their implementation.  The advocacy and engagement of civil society is a key driver of better governance and accountability.  This course will increase the capacity of civil society advocates to engage effectively with governments and others – locally, nationally and internationally.

The program will build practical links between advocates in the region facing shared challenges. These challenges include violence against women, land-grabbing and forced displacements, freedom of religion and freedom of association, the rights of migrant workers and of Indigenous peoples, transitional justice, protecting human rights in repressive and authoritarian environments and integrating human rights into sustainable development policy and practice. 

The course will be held in Timor- Leste, the home of DTP’s Patron and Founder, the Nobel Peace Laureate and former President, José Ramos-Horta. Locating this program in Timor-Leste will strengthen the domestic movement for human rights and enable the sharing of lessons from this movement. 


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