Sunday, March 1, 2009

Diplomacy Training Program Call for Applications: Asia-Pacific Indigenous Community Advocates

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is calling for applications for its 2009 Asia-Pacific regional training program for Indigenous community advocates. The program will be held in partnership with the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE) and the Fred Hollows Foundation. The training will be held at BIITE, about 100kms south of Darwin, NT, Australia from 4-13 May. The program aims to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous advocates to respond effectively to the human rights challenges they face.


This program is open to Indigenous advocates from Asia-Pacific countries and Indigenous Australia who work for and with non-government and community-based organisations. Applications from individuals working with National Human Rights Institutions and governmental and inter-governmental agencies will also be considered.


Participants will gain knowledge and understanding of human rights standards and UN mechanisms most relevant to Indigenous Peoples. They will explore the relationship between human rights standards and issues such as land rights, self-determination, poverty, the environment and corporate accountability. Participants will also learn about accessing and interacting with UN and intergovernmental forums and processes and will gain other practical advocacy skills through internet and media training.


Application forms can be downloaded from the DTP website or can be requested from All applications must be received by DTP by 6 March 2009. Applications will be acknowledged on receipt. For further information please contact the Diplomacy Training Program by phone: (612) 9385-3549 or by email:

Applications are now available for the 2009 Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy Program: A Training Program in Human Rights and Advocacy for Minority and Indigenous Advocates in the Asia-Pacific Region. Apply Now! Application form - Brochure


The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is an independent NGO which seeks to advance human rights and empower 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 Jose Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate and current President of Timor-Leste. Since January 1990, the DTP has conducted an 'Annual Regional Human Rights and Peoples’ Diplomacy Training Program'. This three week program has been hosted in Australia, Timor Leste, Thailand, the Philippines, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Nepal and New Zealand. Since 2003, the Diplomacy Training Program has also conducted shorter, specialised, thematic training programs in Australia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines and Fiji. DTP also occasionally conducts specialised programs in response to a particular issue or to assist a specific community, in addition to occasional country-specific training when requested.

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