11th Annual Program 2001 - Thailand


Thailand, 26th February – 16th March, 2001


11th Annual Program Report


The 11th Annual Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy Training Program was held at Rangsit Campus, Thammasat University, Bangkok from 26 February to 16 March 2001, in partnership with Forum Asia and the Law Faculty of Thammasat University.


The program was attended by 26 human rights defenders from 13 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Philippines, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Solomon Islands.


The training program provided resembled past Diplomacy Training Program curricula, covering public international law, international human rights law, UN human rights agencies and procedures, the UN’s role in security and peacekeeping, regional human rights organisations, and globalisation; and practical sessions on lobbying, using the media, strategic advocacy and internet training. In addition, this year a new session was introduced on international financial institutions. Some of the sessions organised by our partner, Forum Asia, reflected the location of our training with sessions on the Thai elections, a talk by the managing editor of The Nation, and an address by a senior member of the Thai foreign ministry. The training culminated in a role-play designed as a practical exercise on some of the knowledge on international human rights law and UN agencies and skills in lobbying and advocacy learnt throughout the training. In addition, participants had an opportunity to share their stories and information about their country in the nightly country reports. Informal sharing was also assisted by the various field trips that we organised. Overall, the training program was very successful and was evaluated positively by participants.


The Diplomacy Training Program would like to express its appreciation and thanks to 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.