Who We Are

Working Together to Advance Human Rights.

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is an independent, Australian NGO committed to advancing human rights and empowering civil society in the Asia Pacific region through quality education and training, and the building of skills and capacity in non-governmental organisations and for individual human rights defenders and community advocates.

The DTP was founded in 1989 by HE José Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste with Emeritus Professor Garth Nettheim.

Since January 1990, the DTP has provided practical human rights training to over 3000 human rights defenders and community advocates in the Asia-Pacific and MENA region.

Our VISION is a world in which all people have the freedom to advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights and are able to realise their human rights and achieve dignity. Our MISSION is to build the knowledge, skills, networks and capacities of those working to advance human rights.

DTP acknowledges that Human Rights are for everyone regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, indegeneity, disability, age, displacement, caste, gender, gender identity, sexuality, sexual orientation, poverty, class, or socio-economic. 

It's practical, participatory courses develop the knowledge, networks and skills for human rights defenders in Australia, Asia and the Pacific to help them be more effective in making a difference for human rights. See Stories of Change - from DTP's alumni



Founder and Patron                           HE José Ramos-Horta, Former President, Timor Leste, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient


Year established                                 1989

Identity and Purpose                        DTP is an independent, non-government organisation (NGO) providing education in human rights advocacy. It seeks to advance human rights and empower civil society in the Asia-Pacific region through quality training and by building the skills and capacities of advocates.

Constitution                                         DTP Constitution

Achievements                                     Training of 3000 human rights defenders from more than 60 countries; 25 Annual Regional Training Programs for Asia-Pacific NGO leaders; over 100 specific country and thematic trainings in countries including Australia, Bangladesh, East Timor, Fiji,  India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Qatar, and UAE. In 2015, DTP’s work was recognised by the Australian Council for International Development, which awarded DTP’s alumni (and DTP) its Sir Ron Wilson Human Rights Award. The award recognises the work being done by our alumni in over 25 years since its establishment by Jose Ramos-Horta.

 Funding source                                  DTP is a non-profit organisation that relies on grants, donations and fees. In 2009, DTP received DGR status through specific listing in Parliament. Trainers provide their services pro bono. In-kind support is provided by UNSW. Funders include Australia (DFAT), Switzerland (SDC) OHCHR, Oxfam Australia, Caritas Australia and Friends of the Diplomacy Training Program.

 Affiliations                                          Affiliated with the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, which provides academic and in-kind support.  DTP is a member of the Australian Council for International Development and a compliant signatory of its Code of Conduct.

 Summary of Training                        Training in international human rights law, in engaging the UN and other diplomatic channels, governments, and regional organizations, in lobbying, networking, and using the internet and media to promote human rights issues at local, regional and international levels.

Twenty-fifth Anniversary                 On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary DTP has mounted a poster exhibition featuring 25 of its alumni working for the rights or women, migrants, Indigenous peoples and the obligations of business.