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.
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).
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.
Calling for Applications – 2017 Regional Capacity Building Program on Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, The Private Sector and Development (Sabah, Malaysia)
The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and JOAS are calling for applications for a regional capacity building program on Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, the Private Sector and Development to be held in Malaysia from February 27 – March 08, 2017.
This program will build the knowledge and skills of human rights defenders and community advocates to promote and protect their human rights in the context of rapid economic development and the impact of the private sector on the lands and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples and others. The program will build knowledge of international human rights standards and mechanisms that can be applied and integrated into effective advocacy strategies. This 10-day regional program will build practical skills for engaging with governments and business. Participants will learn from each other, share knowledge and build practical solidarity networks.
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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.