Applications are now open for the Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous Australia.
The two-week 31st Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous Australia is a partnership between the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) and the 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), The Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP) and the UNTL Human Rights Centre.
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. There are intensive sessions on human rights and development, strategic advocacy and video advocacy, and media skills.
The program will build practical links between advocates in the region. It will focus on contemporary human rights challenges including 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 and advocacy on climate change.
Holding this program in Timor-Leste strengthens the domestic movement for human rights and enables international participants to learn the lessons from Timor’s successful struggle for solidarity and self-determination, to seek justice and build reconciliation and peace.
- 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
- Course fees are an important source of income for DTP. The course fee of USD $4000 covers tuition, accommodation, food, field trips and resource materials during the training. Travel expenses to and from the training are not included in this fee. DTP and its partners recognise that it will not be possible for all applicants to meet the course fee. 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.
What will 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, poverty 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’.
- The program is for human rights defenders working with NGOs in the Asia-Pacific region committed to developing and sharing their knowledge and skills in human rights advocacy.
- Trainers are experienced and respected local, regional and international human rights practitioners, academics, and officials who understand and support DTP’s philosophy of participatory learning.
- 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.
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