Training Program in Human Rights and Advocacy for Minority and Indigenous Advocates in Asia-Pacific(Australia, 4-13 May, 2009)

A Training Program in Human Rights and Advocacy for Minority and Indigenous Advocates in the Asia-Pacific Region (Australia, 4-13 May, 2009)

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The Diplomacy Training Program’s 2009 Asia-Pacific Regional Capacity Building Program on Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy was launched in Darwin on May 4th, in cooperation with Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE).  There were 25 participants from Indigenous communities across Australia and from nine other countries across the region. 

The program focused particularly on the recognition of Indigenous peoples’ rights in international law and human rights standards. The program also focused on how Indigenous advocates could use knowledge of the UN system to promote respect for human rights, and to bring about greater accountability when human rights are denied or violated.

Issues of recognition of special relationships to land, and of traditional knowledge systems are challenges common to Indigenous peoples across the region.  In some cases, lack of recognition or respect for Indigenous peoples’ rights has led to displacement of communities and to conflict.  With approximately half of the participants coming from Australia, there was a focus on the local context for Indigenous advocates in Australia – in the Northern Territory and beyond.   

The Project Report is here.