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 2800 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.
Sharan Burrow (pictured above), ITUC General Secretary speaks with participants in the DTP/MFA course on the rights of migrant workers in Malaysia - organised with Malaysia Bar Council, North-South Institute and Migration Working Group. For more information, click on this link.
2017 Capacity Building Program on Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples, The Private Sector and Development (Malaysia, 27th Feb - 8th March, 2017)
Program Dates: 27th February - 8th March, 2017
DTP and JOAS are collaborating with OHCR Regional Office and OHCHR Civil Society Unit on delivering a regional capacity building program on Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, the Private Sector and Development. Twenty-four participants, mainly from Indigenous communities in Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia and Bangladesh have travelled to Sabah in Malaysia to learn, share knowledge and experience. Sabah has witnessed the dramatic impacts of deforestation, dams and plantations. The participants have been learning about relevant human rights standards, and UN human rights monitoring and accountability mechanisms that can be used to protect and promote human rights in the context of rapid economic development. The intersection of the environment and human rights, the preservation of Indigenous languages and traditional knowledge, the diminishing space for civil society and militarization have been among the issues raised. The program is funded with support from Oxfam Australia and the Australian government and DTP’s individual supporters.
Regional Workshop on Ethical Business and Recruitment Practices in Labour Migration (UAE, 12-14 December, 2016)
Program Dates: 12th-14th December 2016
DTP/MFA and MECTD successfully completed their 3rd Regional Workshop on Ethical Business and Recruitment Practices in Labour Migration from December 12th – 14th in Dubai, UAE. There were 40 participants taking part over the 3 days of discussions – drawn from the private sector, civil society and governments of countries origin and destination. This program built on the previous program in April, with greater participation from government and business. There was a focus on relevant international standards, particularly the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and national laws including the UK’s Modern Slavery Act. There were rich discussions among this multi stakeholder group.
“The facilitators did an incredible job of guiding dialogue on divisive topics without sugar coating the issues, but remaining respectful and sensitive to the audience.” - Participant feedback
The workshop presented an opportunity for participants to exchange views, and to develop their understanding of international standards and how they could be applied – to prevent and stop the abuses that have drawn international concern, and to provide avenues for redress. Professor Paul Redmond and Associate Professor Justine Nolan, both Board members of the DTP led the sessions on international standards.
“Raising awareness of international standards and human rights responsibilities under the UNGPs is a vital part of improving the lives of migrant workers in the region in the long term, and a strategic need identified by numerous international NGOs and institutions working on the topic”. - Participant feedback
A full report of the workshop will follow. The report of the previous program is here. DTP expresses its appreciation of its partners Migrant Forum Asia and the Middle East Centre on Training and Development and to SDC which funded the program.
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.