29th Annual Program 2019 - Timor-Leste


29th Annual Regional Human Rights & Peoples Diplomacy Training Program  

August-September 2019



The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) held its 29th Annual Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program for Human Rights Defenders from the Asia-Pacific Region and Indigenous Australia in Timor-Leste on 19 August - 1 September 2019.

This annual, comprehensive human rights and advocacy training course is the longest established human rights training program held in the region. It builds knowledge of international human rights standards and the UN system and skills in strategic advocacy.  There are intensive sessions on human rights and development, advocacy and media skills.

The program builds practical links between advocates in Timor-Leste and the region. The program focused on advocacy to address challenges including 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 the sustainable development goals.

The course was held in Timor-Leste, home of DTP’s Patron and Founder, the Nobel Peace Laureate and former President, José Ramos-Horta as it celebrated the 20th anniversary of its vote for independence.  The vote was a remarkable achievement, made possible through effective international solidarity, including with Indonesia’s democracy movement and skilful advocacy using international law and mechanisms.

Locating this program in Timor-Leste at this time strengthened the domestic movement for human rights and enabled participants to the share the lessons learnt from this movement, be a part of this historic occasion, and look toward the future of ‘people’s diplomacy’ for human rights.

Program brochure

Program schedule

Summary report

Final report


The Diplomacy Training Program's 29th Annual Program receives support from the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).