16th Annual Program 2006 - Timor-Leste


Timor-Leste, 26th November – 13th December 2006 


16th Annual Program Report

In November/December 2006, the 16th Annual Regional Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) was conducted in the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste. Twenty-seven human rights defenders from twelve countries across the Asia-Pacific region completed the program. For the second time in its sixteen-year history, DTP’s annual regional human rights defenders program was held in Timor-Leste.  It was organised in partnership with the Peace and Democracy Foundation (PDF) at the invitation of the Diplomacy Training Program’s Founder and Patron, His Excellency José Ramos-Horta.  

For 18 days, participants and trainers learnt about the UN and international human rights law, discussed human rights in the region, and learnt from each other’s experiences.  There was considerable East Timorese input into the program – through PDF, through the East Timorese trainers and participants and through a focus on the lessons from East Timor’s history and current challenges.  

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