DIPLOMACY TRAINING PROGRAM
AFFILIATED WITH THE FACULTY OF LAW AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights Advocacy and Development

A Training Program for Indigenous Advocates in the Asia-Pacific Region

Held In Partnership with the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee

Phnom Penh Cambodia 10-19 June, 2013​

​Applications close: March 29, 2013

I really enjoyed the program. This will help us to strategise in the area of human rights. The presentations were excellent…. I would recommend the training program to everyone.
Participant from the 2012 Indigenous Regional program, Sabah, Malaysia

Introduction

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), is calling for applications for its Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights Advocacy and Development: a Training Program for Indigenous Advocates from the Asia-Pacific Region. This program will take place in Phnom Penh Cambodia from 10-19 June 2012in partnership with the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee.

This program aims to build the capacity of Indigenous Peoples’ advocates to respond effectively to the challenges associated with rapid economic development, including the growing power and influence of corporations and their impact on the lands and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples. The program will explore how existing and emerging international and national standards, including business, labour and environmental standards can be applied in practice. The training will build skills for engaging in effective advocacy with governments and business.

The program will contribute to building knowledge and networks to support informed decision-making relating to the 2014 United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

Through expert presentations, group work, role plays, a field trip and case studies, participants will build their capacity to use international human rights standards and available mechanisms to protect and promote Indigenous Peoples’ rights. There will be a focus on the right to Free, Prior Informed Consent and how this applies to development processes affecting Indigenous peoples. There will also be a focus on developing practical advocacy strategies and media skills. This 10-day residential program encourages participants to learn from each other’s experiences, share knowledge and build practical solidarity networks.

What will participants learn?
Across the Asia-Pacific region Indigenous peoples are particularly affected by rapid economic development, illegal logging, oil palm plantations, mining and mega-dams. Rather than being the beneficiaries from the development of their lands and resources they often become the victims, being further marginalised with negative impacts on their economic, social and cultural rights as well as their civil and political rights. The international community has adopted minimum standards on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and developed mechanisms to help promote and protect these rights, but implementation remains a significant challenge across the region. This program aims to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous peoples’ advocates from and Australia to to provide participants with practical knowledge of international human rights standards and mechanisms and how these can be integrated in their advocacy for Indigenous peoples’ rights. The program will also enable participants to share knowledge and experience, and to build their support networks. Participants will receive training on:

• Using the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to influence policy and practice;
• How to engage with UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures to promote and protect human rights and hold governments accountable;
• How to use the United Nations Framework on Business and Human Rights and the OECD guidelines on Multinational Enterprises in advocacy on the private sector
• Skills on strategic advocacy and lobbying, and engaging the media

It will help me to share the mechanism of human rights to my people who are ignorant like me before the DTP training and it will serve as a stepping stone to go about raising our issues and concerns at the national and international level.
​Participant from the 2012 Indigenous Regional Program, Sabah, Malaysia

Trainers and Training Methodology
Trainers on DTP programs are experienced local, regional and international human rights practitioners, academics, and officials who understand and support DTP’s philosophy of participatory training. The DTP recognizes and values the experiences and skills that participants bring to its programs. The training is interactive and sharing experiences and lessons with other participants and trainers is actively encouraged.

Who Should Apply?
The program has been specifically created for Indigenous advocates from Asia-Pacific countries and Indigenous Australia who work for and with non-government and community-based organisations. It is for individuals who feel a need for greater practical knowledge of international human rights standards and the UN system, in order to enhance their work and further develop their advocacy skills. Individual applicants and those working with National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and governmental and inter-governmental agencies will also be considered. Consideration is given to ensuring a gender and geographical balance within each course. The training is conducted in English and an ability to participate in discussions is essential.

Course Fees
The DTP is an independent NGO and course fees are an important source of income for its work. The course fee for the program is US$2500 and covers tuition, accommodation, food, field trips, and resource materials for the 10-day program. Travel expenses to and from Cambodia are not included in this fee. Participants are encouraged to apply to funding bodies and/or their sponsoring organisation for financial assistance with course fees and travel expenses. A limited number of scholarships (full or partial) are offered on a highly competitive basis. Community and non-government organisations are invited to enquire about subsidised spaces.

About the Diplomacy Training Program
The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) is an independent NGO providing practical training in human rights and people’s diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region. It seeks to advance human rights and empower civil society in the region through quality education and training and the building of skills and capacity in NGOs. The DTP was founded in 1989 by José Ramos-Horta, the Nobel Peace Laureate. It is affiliated with the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales.

About the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee
CHRAC established in 1994 is a coalition of Cambodian human rights organisations united by a common desire to work together to protect and promote human rights for the Cambodian people. By working together through CHRAC, members believe they can do more to improve the human rights situation in Cambodia than they could do acting independently of one another.

How to Apply

Application forms can be downloaded from the DTP website or can be requested from l.savage@unsw.edu.au. All applications must be received by DTP by March 29, 2013. Applications will be acknowledged on receipt.
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