10th Annual Program 2000 - Darwin


Darwin, 24th January – 11th February, 2000


10th Annual Program Report


The 10th Annual Human Rights and Peoples' Diplomacy Training Program was recently completed.  It was held at the Faculty of Law, Northern Territory University, from January 24th to February 11th, 2000.  Thirty-five participants came to Darwin from 16 countries and constituencies including Indonesia, East Timor, Philippines, Pakistan, Mongolia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Burma, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, Kiribati, India, Nepal, Malaysia and Australia.


We followed the DTP curriculum offered in previous years including topics such as Public International Law, International human rights law, UN human rights agencies and procedures, UN role in security and peacekeeping, Regional human rights organizations, practical sessions on lobbying and media, and a Human Rights Commission Roleplay. The January 2000 session was updated to include a practical session on the Internet for law and advocacy and a day session on Globalisation. The participants had the opportunity to share information about their own work and their country in the early morning and evening sessions, and participant evaluations indicated these sessions were greatly valued.


Local educational opportunities included a visit to Parliament house to the Senate Inquiry on Mandatory Sentencing (and a briefing and follow up discussions by Joan).  Extracurricular events included a guided trip to the Litchfield National Park, a soccer match between the DTP and East Timorese judges in Darwin, a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the Northern Territory Art Gallery and Museum, and an optional visit to Batchelor College, an Aboriginal college near Darwin.


The Diplomacy Training Program wishes to express its appreciation and thanks all who made the program possible including speakers, organisers and financial supporters. Finally, the Diplomacy Training Program would like to thank the participants who contributed so much to the success of the program. And who were an extraordinary group of individuals who have already done much for the promotion and protection of human rights.