Advocacy Capacity Building Related to Indigenous People, Business, and Human Rights

ELSAM – Bandung –Development issues that suppress human rights are increasing in today’s world, particularly in Asia Pacific countries. Myitsone Dam problem in Myanmar, Land Reclamation issue in Indonesia, mine exploitation in Papua New Guinea, are few examples of thousands of issues related to business and human rights in Asia Pacific. Almost all of the development projects that are intended to increase the economic growth have negative impacts on protecting and respecting human rights.

This fact was revealed at the human rights training for Asia Pacific countries on 28 May to 4 June 2016 in Bandung. This training was a partnership between Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) Australia, and Institute of Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM).

Human Rights training program for civil society organizations in the whole world is a program that was initiated by DTP since 1990. This year, the training themed “Indigenous People, Private Sector, and Country Development

During training, all the participants who came from various countries in Asia Pacific were required to have an understanding of normative concept regarding principal and international law as well as advocacy strategy in international litigation and non-litigation. The participants were also invited to analyze National Action Plan related to Business and Human Rights as well as the role of Human Rights Commission in each country.

The participants were also asked to understand the principal of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as well as advocacy strategy at market level and handling complaint mechanisms in various international organizations related to business, including World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC)

This training was expected to be a media for exchanging ideas and experiences related to agrarian affairs, indigenous people issue, as well as human resources conflict in the whole Asia Pacific. Besides, this training was also expected to strengthen civil society organizations network at an international level.