We would like to thank our trainer, Joshua Cooper, for taking his time out to speak to DTP staff and students on his experiences at the UN UPR Process and his advocacy work in Sydney. He also conducted a session in Timor-Leste, which was organised by DTP alumni.

Mong Marma, an Indigenous advocate from Chittagong Hills Tract, a past DTP intern, paid DTP a visit. He kindly shared his views of frontline human rights and peacebuilding work in Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines. Here is a photo of him with DTP staff and interns, and friends.

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The Diplomacy Training Program – Making a Difference for Human Rights

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is an independent, Australian NGO committed to advancing human rights and empowering civil society in the Asia Pacific region through quality education and training, and the building of skills and capacity in non-governmental organisations and for individual human rights defenders and community advocates.

The DTP was founded in 1989 by HE José Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste with Emeritus Professor Garth Nettheim.

Since January 1990, the DTP has provided practical human rights training to over 2600 human rights defenders and community advocates in the Asia-Pacific Region.

It's practical, participatory courses develop the knowledge, networks and skills for human rights defenders in Australia, Asia and the Pacific to help them be more effective in making a difference for human rights.

 

Calling for Applications – 2016 Capacity Building Program on Human Rights Advocacy and Migrant Workers in the Middle East (Doha, Qatar) 

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and Migrant Forum Asia (MFA) are inviting applications from the GCC countries, the Middle East and Asia for a regional training course on human rights advocacy and migrant workers in the Middle East. This training program will take place over 5 days in Qatar from 30th October – 3rd November 2016.

The training program will build the knowledge and skills to protect and promote the human rights of migrant workers.  It will enable participants to more effectively use internationally agreed standards and mechanisms in their advocacy for the human rights of migrant workers in the Middle East.  The residential program will also provide a valuable forum for the sharing of knowledge and skills, and for the building of support networks and collaboration between countries of origin and destination.

Please see brochure for more information.

Calling for Applications - 26th Annual Program Timor-Leste 

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is calling for applications for its 26th Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous Australia. (Going to be held from 10th - 26th Oct 2016)

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.

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.  Please see brochure for more information.

Please apply by 12th September 2016

DTP Workshop on Universal Periodic Review Report is out now!

The workshop was organised in Dhaka by alumni of DTP and took place on 26th August 2016. This was the first such initiative of the DTP alumni in Bangladesh.   

There were 50 participants in the workshop, drawn from over 17 NGOs and CSOs working on a diverse range of human rights issues in Bangladesh including:

  • The rights of migrant workers – including migrant domestic workers
  • The rights of Indigenous peoples
  • The rights of persons with disabilities
  • Women’s rights and gender discrimination
  • The situation of workers in the garment sector – mainly women
  • Labour rights
  • Discrimination, intolerance and attacks on religious minorities
  • The situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Bangladeshis
  • Rights for elderly people
  • Free speech and freedom of association
  • The safety of human rights defenders

One of the potential advantages of advocacy around the UPR process is that covers all human rights and that it creates a space for organisations working on different human rights issues to come together, and develop complementary strategies and approaches with a long term perspective.

One outcome of the workshop was the interest of DTP alumni establishing a DTP alumni association in Bangladesh to organise similar initiatives.  Another outcome was the interest expressed among the participants in following up this initiative on the UPR with further discussions on how the UPR process could be used to engage with the government, identify shared human rights priorities and build wider awareness and support for human rights.