27th Annual Program 2017 - Timor-Leste


Photo: Participants from 2017 DTP's 27th Annual Program - Timor-Leste with DTP's Founder José Ramos-Horta, Former President of Timor-Leste, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

Oct 2nd-13th 2017, Timor-Leste

See Program Schedule, Participants Biographies, Program Report                                                                    


The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) held its 27th Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from Oct 2-13, 2017. The program was held in partnership with Judicial System Monitoring Programme.

The program had 24 participants from over 9 countries that participated in this training. We were warmly welcomed by DTP’s Patron and Founder, the Nobel Peace Laureate and former President, José Ramos-Horta & Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste H.E Peter Doyle.

Photo: Lucille Abeykoon (Left) - DTP's 27th Annual Participant from Sri Lanka with Australian Ambassador H.E Peter Doyle (Right)

The program helped build practical links between advocates in the region facing shared challenges. These challenges include violence against women, land-grabbing and forced displacements, freedom of religion and freedom of association, the rights of migrant workers and of Indigenous peoples, transitional justice, protecting human rights in repressive and authoritarian environments and integrating human rights into sustainable development policy and practice. 

The participants were fortunate to learn from experienced trainers from the UN and WITNESS, and had the opportunity to do a lobbying and campaigning exercises with Australian Embassy staff based in Timor-Leste. The participants also delve into the history and lessons of Timor-Leste as they spoke to the victims’ families of the Liquicia massacre and field visits to Centro Nacional Chega and Resistance Museum.

Photo: Participants from 2017 DTP's 27th Annual Program - Timor-Leste with Australian Embassy Staff in Timor-Leste


Training Materials


Part One – Introduction and Useful Guides

1.1       Table of Contents

1.2       Dr José Ramos Horta, DTP Founder and Patron

1.3       Introduction to Manual – Patrick Earle, Executive Director, Diplomacy Training Program

1.4       Introduction to Basic Terminology

1.5      Quick Guide to Common Acronyms

1.6      List of Useful Human Rights Websites


Part Two: Human Rights and UN

Chapter 1   Introductory Chapter on International Law of Human Rights  Dr. Sarah Pritchard


Chapter 2   Human Rights in the United Nations System: An Overview John Pace


Chapter 3   Major United Nations Human Rights Instruments Dr. Sarah Pritchard


Chapter 4   Economic, Social and Cultural Rights André Frankovits


Chapter 5 The Human Rights-based Approach to Development André Frankovits


Chapter 6 National Human Rights Institutions and the Asia-Pacific Forum Kieren Fitzpatrick


Chapter 7 Women and Human Rights Hilary Charlesworth & Susan Harris – Rimmer


Part Three: Guides for Advocacy

3.1          The Human Rights Treaty Bodies – Protecting Your Rights

3.2          OHCHR - Advice for Submitting Complaints

3.3          A Strategy Planning Tool for Advocacy Campaigns

3.4          Simple Guide to Lobbying

3.5          DTP’s Short Guide to UPR


Part Four: Key Reference Documents


UN Human Rights System and Advocacy

4.0          The United Nations System


Human Rights Treaties

The International Bill of Human Rights

4.1          The Core Human Rights Treaties

4.2.1      Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

4.2.2      Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women Optional Protocol

4.3          Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol

4.4          CESCR – General Comment 14


The Human Rights Treaty System

4.6          The United Nations Human Rights Treaty System

4.7          Human Rights Treaty Reporting Process – Diagram

4.8          Human Rights Treaties - Ratification Table for Asia/Pacific


Human Rights Declarations

4.9          The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  

4.10        The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders


Human Rights Special Procedures

4.11        List of Special Procedures

4.12        UPR Reporting Timetable 2017-2021



The Diplomacy Training Program's 27th Annual Program receives support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).