12th Annual Program 2002 - Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka, 25th February – 15th March, 2002


12th  Annual Program Report


The 12th Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous Australia was held in Sri Lanka from the 25th of February – 15th March 2002.


The program was attended by 27 human rights defenders from 15 countries including Australia, Burma, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Tonga. The standard of this year’s participants were excellent, representing one of the best groups, which have undergone training.

The training program provided, resembled past DTP curricula, covering public international law, international human rights law, UN human rights agencies and procedures, the six treaty bodies and refugee rights, the UN role in international peacekeeping, regional human rights mechanisms, international humanitarian law, globalisation and international financial institutions, and international environmental law, lobbying, strategic advocacy, media training, and internet training. There were also some additions this year including a session on good governance at local, regional and governmental levels. Reflecting the changed priorities of the global community in light of the terrorist attacks in America and their implications for many countries of the region, we also had a session on Draft Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism and its implications for civil and political rights within many countries of the region. Also there was a session on international labour rights conducted by the local representative for FES in Colombo, Mr. Dietmar Kneitschel. Furthermore a session on HIV/AIDS and human rights was also including on the advice of LHRD who identified this topic as an important emerging issue for human rights activists.

In addition, participants had an opportunity to share their stories and information about their country in the nightly country reports, which were rated highly by participants in the final evaluation of the program. Informal sharing of experience and knowledge between participants was also facilitated by the two field trips that were organised.

The Diplomacy Training Program wishes to express its appreciation and thanks to all who made the program possible including speakers, organisers and financial supporters. Finally, the DTP would like to thank the participants who contributed so much to the success of the program.