Our Mission

DTP's mission is to provide practical training to those working for universal human rights standards, to uphold values of human dignity and for peaceful redress of injustice.

DTP’s vision is for a world in which all governments fulfil their obligations to respect protect and fulfil human rights to ensure universal standards of human dignity.

DTP strives to fulfil this vision by offering practical support to human rights defenders and community advocates through its range of training programs.

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) draws its inspiration and sense of purpose from the experiences of Dr José Ramos-Horta (1996 Nobel Peace Laureate) in seeking solidarity and international action on human rights violations following the invasion of East Timor in 1975. 

In establishing the organisation, José Ramos-Horta wanted to share his skills and knowledge with others. He understood the power of peaceful advocacy and ‘people’s diplomacy’ and he wanted to help human rights defenders to use the available international standards and mechanisms more effectively and to mobilize civil society and international solidarity to seek effective redress for human rights abuses.

DTP believes that skills in advocacy, diplomacy and communication, networking and alliance building, together with sound knowledge of internationally agreed human rights standards and inter-governmental systems, enable human rights defenders to be more effective.  Shortening the learning curve for advocates can have a direct and lasting impact on human rights. 

DTP is a non-profit organisation that relies on donations, grants, fees and the goodwill of numerous individuals who provide their specialist expertise at no cost. DTP is recognised by the Australian Tax Office as having ‘deductible gift recipient’ status which means that donations to DTP are tax deductible.

DTP is solely an educational institution and has no religious or political affiliations. As a training organisation, DTP’s neutrality is respected and valued by human rights defenders across the Asia-Pacific region.