CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy; A Training Program for Indigenous Advocates in the Asia-Pacific



The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) affiliated with the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, in partnership with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS), calls for applications for the Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy Program: a Training Program for Indigenous Advocates from the Asia-Pacific Region.  This program will take place in  Sabah, Malaysia from 23 April to 2 May, 2012.



The 2012 program will have a thematic focus on how indigenous peoples can realize their rights in the context of the challenges of rapid economic development, globalization and climate change. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage  with  and learn from  the experiences of Indigenous peoples in Sabah.  

Through expert presentations, group work, role plays, a field trip and case studies, participants will be able to effectively use international human rights standards and available mechanisms to protect and promote  Indigenous peoples’  rights.  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.

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 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 Kota Kinabalu in Sabah  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

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Application form can be downloaded here or can be requested from All applications must be received by 25 Feb 2012 and will be acknowledged on receipt.

If you have questions about the program, or the application process, and for submission of completed application, please use the email address above.