The Timor-Leste Defense Force and the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), The Provedoria for Human Rights and Justice, with support from the Ministry of Defense, have recently embarked on a programme to strengthen human rights knowledge among members of the Defense Force.
Based on a request from the NHRI, the Human Rights Adviser’s Unit in Timor-Leste provides technical assistance for the programme of capacity building, and with funds from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva (OHCHR), seeks the services of an international consultant to provide technical support to produce a human rights training manual for the armed forces, as well as to conduct training of members of the NHRI and the Defense Force to become human rights instructors to deliver training to members of the armed forces, as part of this programme. The manual and the Training of Trainers, both of which to be written and conducted in Tetum, one of Timor’s official languages, will be key to ensuring the quality and standardization of material that will be used for future trainings. Through building national capacity within the NHRI and the Defense Force to conduct the training based on the manual, sustainability of the programme is envisaged. The support by OHCHR is provided under the Office’s thematic priority of combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law.
The consultant with work closely together with the reference group that is being established as part of the programme, and that is led by the NHRI, and has the Timor-Leste Defense Force, the Ministry of Defense Force, the Human Rights Adviser Unit’s, and civil society participating as members.