Debbie Stothard


Debbie Stothard, a Malaysian national, was a student in Sydney in the early 1990’s engaging with the Diplomacy Training Program in its early years. She went on to lead efforts to put human rights in Burma on the ASEAN agenda – to break their silence and inaction – becoming the Founder and Director of ALTSEAN-Burma. Debbie is now a global leader on human rights – becoming the first woman from the region to be elected to leadership of the oldest established international human rights NGO the Paris based – International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH). Debbie is a trainer (including on DTP courses), an activist and advocate.

2018 Update

Debbie was our special guest at our UDHR70 Discussion Series held in conjunction with Australian Human Rights Institute (AHRI) on Monday 6th August 2018. Debbie's talk titled "The Right Time to Talk: Australia, ASEAN & Human Rights" focused on key issues that are evident within the ASEAN region which include the death penalty, freedom of speech and the best tools of advocacy on business and human rights. 


Profile written August 2018