August - September, 2019
The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) held its 29th Annual Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous Australia in Timor-Leste on 19 August - 1 September 2019.
This annual, comprehensive human rights and advocacy training course is the longest established human rights training program held in the region. It builds knowledge of international human rights standards and the UN system and skills in strategic advocacy. There are intensive sessions on human rights and development, advocacy and media skills.
The course was held in Timor-Leste, home of DTP’s Patron and Founder, the Nobel Peace Laureate and President, José Ramos-Horta as it celebrated the 20th anniversary of its vote for independence. The vote was a remarkable achievement, made possible through effective international solidarity, including with Indonesia’s democracy movement and skillful advocacy using international law and mechanisms. Locating this program in Timor-Leste at this time strengthened the domestic movement for human rights and enabled participants to share the lessons learnt from this movement, be a part of this historic occasion, and look toward the future of "peoples’ diplomacy" for human rights.