Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Partnerships for Sustainable Development – Sabah, Malaysia (April 4-13, 2018)

This regional program was organised by DTP and JOAS to build the knowledge and skills of human rights defenders and Indigenous Peoples’ advocates to promote and protect human rights in the context of rapid economic development and the impact of the private sector on the lands and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples. There were 24 participants from 8 countries – 16 women and 8 men.  There were session on relevant UN human rights standards, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN system, the SDGs and the intersection of the environment and human rights – as well as skills building sessions in strategic advocacy; video advocacy and lobbying.

A highlight of the training was a field visit to Kampung Sungai Eloi on the northern tip of Sabah – and a community affected by a large scale shrimp farming project that has destroyed mangroves and local habitats and sources of livelihoods – without the local communities being able to exercise Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) over their Native Customary Land.

Trainers and presenters included: Colin Nicholas (COAC & DTP alumnus 1990); Arul Prakkash (WITNESS); Katia Chirizzi (OHCHR); Alejandro Fuentes (RWI); Matthew Coghlan; Bev Joeman; Joshua Cooper; Andrew Goledzinowski (Australian High Commissioner) with a special presentation by Tan Sri Richard Malanjum (Chief Judge of the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak)

The program was made possible with funding from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

See Concept Note