The Diplomacy Training Program’s (DTP) 28th Annual Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy Training for Human Rights Defenders in the Asia-Pacific was held in Timor-Leste from October 15-26, 2018 in partnership with the Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP). There was a special focus on the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Twenty-three human rights defenders working on a diverse range of human rights concerns including labour and trafficking, migrant workers, land grabbing, LGBTIQ, rape and torture, ‘disappearances', rights of persons with disability, Indigenous peoples rights, peace-building and struggles for self-determination from twelve different countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, West Papua and Timor-Leste participated in this two-week program of intensive learning, sharing and skills building.
Trainers, presenters and facilitators in the program included – HE José Ramos Horta, Professor Virginia Dandan, Anjet Lanting, Bella Galhos, Juvinal Dias, Joshua Cooper, Arul Prakkash, Horacio de Almeida, Hugo Fernandez, staff from the Australian Embassy, Casimiro dos Santos and Patrick Earle.
The Diplomacy Training Program's 28th Annual Program received support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) as well as from the New Zealand Government through its embassy in Dili.