We would like to thank our trainer, Joshua Cooper, for taking his time out to speak to DTP staff and students on his experiences at the UN UPR Process and his advocacy work in Sydney. He also conducted a session in Timor-Leste, which was organised by DTP alumni.

Mong Marma, an Indigenous advocate from Chittagong Hills Tract, a past DTP intern, paid DTP a visit. He kindly shared his views of frontline human rights and peacebuilding work in Bangladesh, Nepal and the Philippines. Here is a photo of him with DTP staff and interns, and friends.


The Diplomacy Training Program – Making a Difference for Human Rights

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is an independent, Australian NGO committed to advancing human rights and empowering civil society in the Asia Pacific region through quality education and training, and the building of skills and capacity in non-governmental organisations and for individual human rights defenders and community advocates.

The DTP was founded in 1989 by HE José Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste with Emeritus Professor Garth Nettheim.

Since January 1990, the DTP has provided practical human rights training to over 2600 human rights defenders and community advocates in the Asia-Pacific Region.

It's practical, participatory courses develop the knowledge, networks and skills for human rights defenders in Australia, Asia and the Pacific to help them be more effective in making a difference for human rights.

Calling for Applications - 26th Annual Program Timor-Leste

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is calling for applications for its 26th Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous Australia. (Going to be held from 10th - 26th Oct 2016)

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 their relevance to advocacy on a wide range of human rights concerns. There are intensive sessions on human rights and development, advocacy and media skills.

The program will build practical links between advocates in the region facing shared challenges. These challenges include violence against women, land-grabbing and forced displacements, freedom of religion and freedom of association, the rights of migrant workers and of Indigenous website peoples, transitional justice, protecting human rights in repressive and authoritarian environments and integrating human rights into sustainable development policy and practice. 

The course will be held in Timor- Leste, the home of DTP’s Patron and Founder, the Nobel Peace Laureate and former President, José Ramos-Horta. Locating this program in Timor-Leste will strengthen the domestic movement for human rights and enable the sharing of lessons from this movement.  Please see brochure for more information.


Applications on the Workshop on Universal Periodic Review in Dhaka, Bangladesh is now closed.

DTP and its alumni association in Bangladesh is calling for applications for a one-day workshop on human rights and the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

This one-day workshop will be hosted and organised by the DTP alumni of Bangladesh and it will build knowledge of the UPR process, civil society engagement in the process, and advocacy on human rights concerns. The workshop includes sessions on background on UPR, panel discussion on civil society engagement and advocacy, and developing strategies and plan of action for the third review of Bangladesh

Civil society advocacy has a vital role to play in closing the gap between agreed human rights standards and their implementation.  The advocacy and engagement of civil society is a key driver of better governance and accountability. This course will increase the capacity of civil society advocates to engage effectively with the UPR process – locally, nationally and internationally to promote improved human rights outcomes. The program is for NGO and CSO advocates in Bangladesh committed to developing and sharing their knowledge and skills in human rights advocacy. Consideration is given to ensuring a gender balance within each course.

The course will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on the 26th of August, 2016.