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Training Program for Indigenous Advocates from the Asia-Pacific Region, Philippines, Ap 6-15


Application forms can be downloaded from the DTP website or can be requested from dtp(at)unsw.edu.au. All applications must be received by DTP by Saturday, the 15th of January 2011. Applications will be acknowledged on receipt.

Philippines: Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights And Advocacy - Call For Applications
A Training Program for Indigenous Advocates from the Asia-Pacific Region
Held In Partnership with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the Cordillera Indigenous Peoples' Legal Center (DINTEG)
Baguio City, Philippines, 6-15 April 2011 Applications close 15th January 2011

The Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), in partnership with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Cordillera Indigenous Peoples' Legal Center (DINTEG), is calling for applications for the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights and Advocacy Program: a Training Program in Human Rights and Advocacy for Indigenous Advocates from the Asia-Pacific Region. This program will take place in Baguio City, the Philippines from April 6-15, 2011.

The 2011 program will focus on Indigenous peoples' rights in the context of the challenges of rapid economic development, globalization and climate change.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007. Developing the knowledge and skills of advocates to translate this recognition of rights into reality will be one focus of the program.

Through expert presentations, group work, role plays, a field trip and case studies, participants will explore how to use human rights standards and available UN mechanisms to protect and promote their rights. There will also be a focus on developing practical advocacy and media skills. This 10-day residential program encourages participants to learn from each other's experiences, share knowledge and build practical solidarity networks.

"It has been an amazing, challenging and stimulating experience for me. It identified what I know, the major gaps in my knowledge and ways for supporting my fellow participants/ people at home." Chiang Mai 2010 participant


The program aims to strengthen the capacity of Indigenous advocates from the Asia-Pacific region and Australia to respond effectively to the existing and emerging human rights challenges they face. The program will have a special focus on economic, social and cultural rights of Indigenous peoples and how understanding of international human rights standards and mechanisms could be integrated into local advocacy strategies. The program will also enable participants to identify issues that prevent indigenous peoples from realizing fully their human rights and to locate possible mechanisms for redress of violations.

Participants will also receive training on:

* knowledge and understanding of human rights standards and UN mechanisms most relevant to Indigenous peoples and how these can be applied;
* how international human rights standards relate to such specific issues as poverty, adequate housing, health, land rights, self-determination, the environment, and corporate accountability;
* how the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can have a positive impact on the day-to-day lives of Indigenous peoples;
* capacity to use the principle of free prior and informed consent (FPIC) to specific challenges by Indigenous peoples;
* the relationship between business and human rights and how to encourage businesses to comply with their human rights responsibility;
* strategic advocacy and lobbying skills, including media skills.

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 knowledge and understanding 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 and governmental and inter-governmental agencies will also be considered. Consideration is given to ensuring a gender and geographical balance within each course.

DTP is an independent NGO and course fees are an important source of income for its work. The course fee of US$2500 covers tuition, accommodation, food, field trips, and resource materials. Travel expenses to and from the Philippines 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.

The following scholarship options are available for a limited number of participants:
* A course fee scholarship of US$2500. Travel costs to be covered by participant.
* A full financial scholarship covering course fee and travel costs.

Community and non-government organisations are invited to enquire about subsidised spaces.

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 H.E. José Ramos-Horta, the 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate and President of Timor-Leste. It is affiliated with the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization established by Indigenous peoples' organisations in 1992 to strengthen the cooperation and solidarity among Indigenous peoples across Asia. Through the years, its leaders have developed expertise in various fields including capacity building, human rights advocacy, and bio-diversity protection.

The Cordillera Indigenous Peoples' Legal Center (DINTEG) is a legal centre advocating and working for the defence of Indigenous peoples' rights, human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Philippines. DINTEG is an indigenous term for 'law and justice', meaning that which is just and righteous for each member of the community, as well as the community as a whole.

The University of New South Wales
UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052 ABN 31 003 925 148
Tel: +61 (2) 9385 2277 Fax: +61 (2) 9385 1778
Email: dtp(at)unsw.edu.au http://www.dtp.unsw.edu.au

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