Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy Program

The DTP course was my first introduction to international human rights standards and the UN human rights system – to international human rights diplomacy. I was able to use the training in my work with ELSAM – and then when I went to Geneva to present an alternate report on torture in Indonesia to the UN Committee Against Torture.

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About the program

The Human Rights and Peoples' Diplomacy Course is DTP’s core human rights program.

This is the longest-running annual comprehensive human rights and advocacy course in the region. This intensive program provides participants with a solid foundation of knowledge of international human rights and the UN system. The program builds links between advocates working on diverse human rights concerns including the rights of persons with disability, the rights of women, of Indigenous peoples, those working to defend the environment and the rights of migrant workers to stop torture, “disappearances” and the death penalty. There are intensive skills sessions on advocacy, internet and media skills.

In most years since 2006, the program has been held in Timor-Leste.

Last activity

HR and People's Diplomacy

25th August, 2022 5.30pm AEST

Diplomacy Training Program in partnership with La Trobe Asia, Jubilee Australia Research Centre, Monash Gender Peace and Security Centre and Centre for Policy Alternative (CPA), co-hosted a webinar to discuss Sri Lanka's ongoing unprecedented humanitarian and human rights crisis.

Next activity

HR and People's Diplomacy
Bangkok, Thailand

23rd January - 3rd February, 2023

This annual, comprehensive human rights and advocacy 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. The program will build practical links between advocates in the region.

Key Issues

  • Gender Based Violence, Rights of Persons with Disability, Indigenous peoples rights, poverty, torture, “disappearances”, self-determination
  • Human Rights Standards
  • Human Rights Mechanisms
  • Strategic Advocacy Skills
  • Video Advocacy Skills



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