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Offer: Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training for Human Rights Defenders from the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous Australia

5-23 September, 2011
Timor Leste

This annual comprehensive human rights and advocacy training course is the oldest established human rights capacity building program in the region. It provides participants with a solid foundation of the international human rights framework and the UN system. There are intensive sessions on advocacy and media skills, research and advocacy on the internet, as well as exploration of some of the human rights challenges associated with globalisation. Deadline for applications: June 18, 2011.

The course will be held in Timor Leste, at the invitation of DTP’s Patron and Founder, H.E. President José Ramos-Horta. East Timorese human rights advocates won worldwide support and solidarity for their struggle for human rights and self-determination. This global solidarity played a vital role in enabling the East Timorese to exercise their right to self-determination. Global solidarity continues to be important as Timor Leste faces different human rights challenges – of poverty and development, and of building a new nation out of the human rights violations, conflict and division of the past. These challenges are shared by many other societies making Timor Leste a fitting location for human rights defenders from the region to come together to learn from each other and build their networks.
DTP’s annual regional training course has previously been held in Australia, New Zealand, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the Philippines and Thailand. Reports of DTP’s previous annual programs are available at www.dtp.unsw.edu.au

Who Should Apply for the Training?
The program is particularly for human rights defenders from Asia-Pacific countries and Indigenous Australia who work for and with non-government and community-based organisations. It is for those who feel the need to develop greater knowledge and understanding of human rights and how they might be practically applied in struggles for justice. Priority in selection goes to active human rights defenders in the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous people. Consideration is also given to ensuring a gender and geographical balance within each course.

How to Apply
Application forms can be downloaded from the DTP website or can be requested from dtp@unsw.edu.au. All applications must be received by DTP by 18 June 2011. All applications will be acknowledged.

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