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Eighteen frontline human rights advocates from Asia and the Pacific will come to UNSW this month (7-25 September) for consultations with politicians, business representatives, journalists, academics and NGOs on how to ensure that business promotes peace, development and human rights. 

The advocates are part of the first DTP Fellows Program, organised by the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP), based at UNSW Law. The group will hone their skills in fighting for issues such as corporate accountability, LGBTI and migrant workers’ rights. 

The training has been funded by the Australian Government and marks the 25th anniversary of the first program run by the DTP at UNSW in 1990. The DTP was founded by Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor-Leste, José Ramos-Horta and UNSW Emeritus Professor Garth Nettheim. Mr Ramos-Horta remains a Visiting Professorial Fellow with UNSW Law. 

“Through engagements with civil society, the private sector and government representatives in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, these advocates will expand their networks for longer-term support and forge stronger links between Australia and the region,” says Executive Director of the DTP, Patrick Earle.

Sydney Deputy Lord Mayor Robyn Kemmis and UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Ian Jacobs will open the program.

What: Diplomacy Training Program Fellows Program – a new three-week intensive for advocates

When: Monday 7 – Friday 25 September, 2015

Where: UNSW Law, Kensington Campus