Building Human Rights Advocacy Capacity for the People from Burma in Australia (July-December 2007)

Building Human Rights Advocacy Capacity for the People from Burma in Australia (July-December, 2007)

 


 

From July 2007 to December 2007, the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) conducted a special capacity building program for advocates from Burma living in Australia.  The Diplomacy Training Program has had a long association with the human rights movement in Burma – and in particular with the activists forced into exile and living in refugee camps mainly on the Thai/Burma border.  This relationship goes back to the inclusion of Burmese human rights advocates on DTP’s first courses in the early 1990’s – soon after the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown by the Burmese military.

The program was developed in response to the continuing gross violations of human rights in Burma, the need for a more effective international response to these violations, and the commitment of advocates from Burma in Australia to work together for more effective human rights action.

The program adapted DTP’s methodology to the situation of advocates living in Australia.  It was decided that a non-residential program held over a number of Saturdays (fortnightly) would be most accessible to the range of community advocates who could benefit.  It was also agreed that in addition to human rights law and the UN system, the program would include a focus on the realities and challenges facing advocates in Australia – how the Australian government works, the role of MPs, the Australian media, fundraising and outreach to the broader community.

 

The Project Report is here.