The Diplomacy Training Program’s (DTP) 26th Annual Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy Training for Human Rights Defenders in the Asia-Pacific was held in Timor-Leste from October 10 to October 26, 2016 in partnership with the Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP). Twenty two human rights defenders from Nepal, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Australia and Timor-Leste participated in this eighteen day program of intensive learning, sharing and skills building. Thirteen of the participants were women.
Timor-Leste holds a special significance for DTP. It is the home of the organisation’s Founder and Patron, José Ramos Horta. DTP has held a number of its Annual Programs in Timor-Leste and today there are many DTP alumni in government and the country’s civil society organisations. Timorese alumni contributed to this year’s program and José Ramos-Horta provided the welcome keynote address and a master-class on advocacy.