13th Annual Training and Study Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders
3 August 2009 11:36 pm
FORUM-ASIA is calling for applications for the 13th Annual Training and
Study Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders (ATSS), which will take place in Bangkok
from 18 to 30 October 2009.
Date: 18 – 30 October 2009
Venue: Bangkok, Thailand
Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) would like to announce the
opening of the application process for the 13th Annual Training and
Study Session for Asian Human Rights Defenders (ATSS), to take place in Bangkok
from 18 to 30 October 2009.
has been organising the ATSS on an annual basis as part of its efforts to
empower Asian human
rights defenders to meet challenges, strengthen the
human rights movement and promote solidarity and cooperation among
the human rights organisations in the Asian region.
general objective of the 13th ATSS is to empower Asian human
rights defenders by providing the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge
and skills to carry out their human rights work and
missions in a more effective manner.
particular, the 13th ATSS aims to facilitate the participants to:
Affirm the concept, mandate and role of human rights
defenders in Asia
Build a common understanding of the human rights
situation and trends in Asia from an NGO perspective based on a critical
reflection on the values and principles underlying human
rights work, including
Acquire necessary knowledge and skills
for effective campaigns
Develop and implement strategic advocacy plans
nationally and regionally
The Training Session will be
conducted in a participatory manner using methods such as presentation, group discussion,
exercises. Several resource persons from diverse backgrounds (NGOs, professionals, researchers
and academics, etc.) will be invited to conduct sessions. Audio-visual
materials will also be used to facilitate communication and inter-cultural
learning. Exposure visits to organisations may also be planned to provide
Main Components of the ATSS 2009
components of the 13th ATSS
are the following:
- Basic knowledge about human rights
theories and practices
- Key human rights issues and trends in the Asia region
- International human rights norms and
- Role of human rights defenders and NGOs
- Documentation of human rights violations
- Advocacy and campaigning skills and methodologies
- Strategic advocacy planning
Course Venue and Accomodation
The Training session will be held at the St. Gabriel Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand.
The participants will be accommodated at the same venue.
Cost of the ATSS 2009
of the 13th ATSS for two weeks excluding
international travel expenses is 1,200 USD (one thousand and two hundred
US dollars). The
fee covers full board and lodging (500 USD), course materials (200
USD), fees for resource persons (300 USD) and local organising
expenses such as social activities, field exposure, insurance, etc. (200
participants are expected to raise their own funds to attend the Training.
A financial subsidy may be available for those who are not able to raise funds
to cover their own expenses. Those who wish to apply for a financial subsidy
should indicate their request in the application form.
Who Can Apply
application is open to any human rights activist interested in and working on
human rights issues in Asia. Below are some required qualifications:
2 years work experience in local, national or regional human rights NGOs or
human rights-related organisations
how to make use of the knowledge and skills acquired in the training in future
to communicate in English (both spoken and written)
How to Apply
- If candidates are from FORUM-ASIA
member organisations, please submit a letter of endorsement from the
head of the organisation.
- If candidates are NOT from
FORUM-ASIA member organisations, please submit a letter of recommendation
from any of FORUM-ASIA's 46 member organisations.
- If candidates are from other
countries, please submit a letter of recommendation from a reference person .
applications must be sent by email to FORUM-ASIA at [email protected].
for applications is (Friday) 4 September 2009.
applications will be acknowledged by email. Incomplete applications may result
in a low possibility of acceptance.
Selection Committee consider geographic and gender balance when selecting
short-listed for skype interviews
will be interviewed on 14-15 September.
will be informed of their final
selection by email before 18 September.
participants are expected to arrive in Bangkok no later than 18 October and
leave no earlier than 31 October.