2024 32nd Annual Program – Timor-Leste


12 - 23 August, 2024

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The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), joining with the Global Campus of Human Rights, in partnership with the UNTL Human Rights Centre, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO), Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), and The Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) is calling for applications for its 32nd Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous Australia.

This two-week annual, comprehensive human rights and advocacy training course is the longest established human rights training program in the region, building the capacity of individuals, institutions and movements. It builds knowledge of international human rights standards and the UN system and skills in strategic advocacy. Similar to a summer school, the program foresees intensive sessions on human rights and development, advocacy and media skills. This year in a new collaboration with the Global Campus on Human Rights (GC), and include also a focus on peace and human rights.

Through its participatory teaching methodology, the program builds lasting links and solidarity between advocates in the region. The course will focus on contemporary human rights challenges including climate change, violence against women, SOGI, land-grabbing and forced displacements, freedom of religion and freedom of association, the rights of migrant workers and of Indigenous peoples, transitional justice, protecting human rights and human rights defenders in repressive and authoritarian environments and integrating human rights into the sustainable development goals.

The course will be held in Timor-Leste, at the invitation of DTP’s Patron and Founder, the Nobel Peace Laureate, President José Ramos-Horta. August 2024 will mark the 25th anniversary of Timor-Leste’s historic vote for independence in August 1999. There is no better place to learn about human rights, peace and solidarity than today’s Timor-Leste.

For further information please write to [email protected]

What will the participants learn?

  • Knowledge of international human rights law and principles, including civil and political, economic, social and cultural rights;
  • Understanding of the relationship between development, peace and human rights, the human rights-based approach to development;
  • Practical skills in engaging the UN human rights accountability mechanisms and UN system;
  • Practical skills in strategic advocacy, lobbying, media, and ‘peoples’ diplomacy’.

Who should apply for the training?

The program is for human rights defenders and practitioners working in ASEAN/Asia-Pacific region committed to developing and sharing their knowledge and skills in human rights advocacy.

Who are the trainers?

Trainers are leading local, regional and international human rights practitioners, academics, and officials who understand and support DTP’s and GC’s philosophy of participatory learning.

What is the training methodology?

DTP recognises and values the experiences and skills that participants bring to its programs. The opportunity to share experiences and lessons with other participants and trainers is one of the real benefits and highlights of participating in the program. The training methodology is interactive with an emphasis on group work, role plays, case studies and discussion.

What is the cost involved?

Thanks to the partnership with the Global Campus of Human Rights, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is supporting the full participation costs of some participants. DTP is seeking funding to meet the costs of other participants and will be able to provide some subsidy for travel costs. Participants are encouraged to submit their application and, if successful, DTP will work with selected applicants to identify and apply to relevant funding bodies for financial assistance. Some scholarships will be available.


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The Diplomacy Training Program's 32nd Annual Human Rights and People's Diplomacy capacity building program receives support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).


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