DTP Community

Since 1990, DTP has grown into a community that brings together DTP alumni, trainers, partners and supporters for human rights in Asia and the Pacific. Programs are held in partnership with alumni and their organisations and alumni return to teach on DTP’s courses. Trainers donate their time and share their expertise. DTP’s loyal supporters invest in supporting the individuals who are at the heart of human rights movements.

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DTP Alumni Profile

Nayela participated in the DTP/MFA migrant worker program in Bangladesh in 2015/16. She now works with the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) managing their EU funded Inter-Governmental Mechanism (IGM) project.
DTP Alumni Profile

Wenise is an Australian-based Korean human rights advocate, focused on crimes against humanity perpetrated by the North Korean regime. She's currently working on a documentary film that captures the story of Australian veterans in the Korean War.
DTP Alumni Profile

Riji is a migrant rights activist, who is associated with the Middle East Centre for Training and Development (MECTD) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Her activity with the Centre includes building the capacity of migrant workers at national and regional level, which includes the post arrival orientation program that is held by the Centre along with the Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs in Dubai.
DTP Alumni Profile

Nurul is the Inclusion and Victims Rights Director at the ASEAN-Australia Counter Trafficking. She is focused on ensuring anti-trafficking projects and programs in ASEAN address gender equality, disability, social inclusion and victim rights in accordance with the ACTIP and other ASEAN and international human rights commitments.
DTP Alumni Profile

Aslam is a Malaysian human rights advocate who is passionate about defending the rights of migrants and refugees. Having recently completed his PhD studies in Australia - focusing on the contemporary challenges of forced migration - he is set to join the International Institute of Public Policy and Management (INPUMA) at the University of Malaya.
DTP Trainer Profile

Usa is the Executive Director of the Association for the Promotion of the Status of Women (APSW) in Bangkok, Thailand. She has been a women’s rights activist for over 30 years. Usa campaigns and advocates to address systematic discrimination against women in Thailand, and provides trainings to women’s leaders and leaders of various sectors.
DTP Trainer Profile

Henry Zwartz is an award-winning journalist who recently trained in a special DTP human rights and advocacy program for migrant and refugee community leaders in Australia. Interested in the intersection between law and media, and their use as a force for good, Henry currently works for a politics and foreign policy think tank and as a freelance journalist with Australian TV Network, SBS.


Since 1990, DTP has trained over 3250 human rights defenders and community advocates from over 90 countries from across the Asia-Pacific and MENA region. These DTP alumni go on to work for human rights in different ways and over many years. Their work stretches over decades of human rights advocacy in the region.


DTP’s trainers include respected and experienced human rights academics and practitioners. Their pro-bono contributions affirm the value they see in building the skills and knowledge of those who are defending and promoting human rights in their societies. DTP alumni are welcomed back as trainers. DTP is profoundly grateful to all those who contribute to its programs for their generosity in sharing their knowledge and experience.


DTP works in partnership with other organisations that share DTP’s commitment to investing in building the knowledge, skills and networks of human rights defenders and their organisations. DTP’s partners provide guidance on training needs and strategy, course participants, content and logistics.

Participants getting ready for Solidarity Night, 27th Annual DTP program, Timor-Leste


DTP relies on project grants, philanthropic support from individuals and foundations, and training fee income to provide practical training to committed and courageous individuals working on the frontline of efforts to build societies that respect human dignity and human rights.