Human Rights Advocacy and Business (Indonesia, 31st May-4th June 2010)

From the 31st of May to the 4th of June 2010 the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) delivered Human Rights Advocacy and Business, a capacity-building program for community advocates working in the field of human rights and business across the Asia-Pacific. This was the 5th regional program on Human Rights and Business and marked four years of collaboration between the DTP, Business Watch Indonesia (BWI) and the Indonesian Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) in this thematic area.  The program took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, bringing together participants from across the region to gain and develop advocacy skills and knowledge of international human rights standards.

26 participants attended the program, representing fourteen countries across the region and a diverse range of occupational experience - including UN agencies, major international NGOs, local community NGOs, educational centres, cultural foundations, legal aid centres and lobby groups. This diversity meant that a variety of interests and perspectives were voiced, providing for a lively exchange of ideas throughout the program. Corporations have been associated with a wide range of human rights concerns in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. The use of child labour, the abuse of migrant labour, the exploitation of female workers, the displacement of Indigenous communities, impacts on community livelihoods of forestry, breaches of privacy by internet service providers,  the patenting of traditional knowledge and private collusion with state repression are just some of the areas that have drawn the focus of advocates in recent times.

See Program Report