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.


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.

Background to DTP


DTP’s – 2016 Human Rights Advocacy and Migrant Workers in the Middle East:

This program, held in partnership with Migrant Forum Asia (MFA) and Georgetown University Qatar (GUQ), continued the ground-breaking efforts of the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and MFA to promote respect for the rights of migrant workers in the GCC and Middle East.  The program took place in Doha, Qatar from October 30 - November 03 2016. 

The program brought together over 30 participants from 13 countries – including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, UAE, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, the Philippines and Indonesia – working with trade unions, national human rights institutions, NGOs, business and migrant communities.  They work on urgent and compelling cases of abuses of rights – including forced labour, trafficking, sexual assault and forced prostitution.  There were sessions with William Gois (MFA) and Carolina Hernandez (OHCHR) and with Professor Ray Jureidini, author of the ILO White Paper on reforming recruitment. The program built the knowledge, skills and networks of participant and the feedback was very positive.


DTP’s – 26th Annual Regional Human Rights and Diplomacy Training Program:

DTP’s 26th Annual Regional Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy Training Program took place in Timor-Leste from October 10-26 2016 in partnership with the Justice System Monitoring Project (JSMP).  

There were 21 participants from nine countries working on a range of human rights issues including freedom of speech, LGBTI rights, the rights of persons with disability, the rights of women, gender based violence, the rights of migrant workers, the rights of Indigenous peoples, torture, “disappearances” and political killings.  

DTP’s Founder and Patron, Dr Jose Ramos-Horta delivered two inspiring sessions on international advocacy, and other trainers from Timor-Leste, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia helped to build knowledge and skills in human rights and strategic advocacy over the 18 day program.  DTP acknowledges the financial support of the Australian and New Zealand governments, the Ford Foundation and the Asia Foundation.