Human Rights Capacity Building of the Human Rights and Justice Provedoria (PDHJ)

About the PDHJ project

PDHJ staff at the conclusion of a recent training on human trafficking.
PDHJ staff at the conclusion of a recent training on human trafficking. Photo: Emer Groarke

The PDHJ is Timor-Leste’s national human rights institution. It can review complaints, conduct investigations and forward recommendations regarding illegal or unjust conduct to the relevant state institutions. The PDHJ has a two-fold mandate in the areas of human rights and good governance. (Lee versaun Tetum iha ne’e)

UNDP is building upon the existing human rights knowledge and skills of PDHJ staff, with a focus on broadening that knowledge and developing both analysis and the application of that knowledge. Investigation, monitoring and education skills are being consolidated along with the report writing, training material development and advocacy skills.

Project goals

  • Boost the knowledge of PDHJ staff about human rights concepts and understanding how these concepts are applied in their work
  • Deepen and broaden PDHJ’s human rights knowledge through trainings, mentoring, study tours and internships with other national human rights institutions
  • Strengthen PDHJ’s institutional structures and management skills through the development and integration of a strategic plan into PDHJ’s regular annual and budget planning
  • Facilitate a review and assessment of current case management systems and support the implementation of a knowledge management plan


Total budget
US$3.075 million UNDP, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Irish Aid, New Zealand Aid, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
Project overview
2010 – 2014
Human Rights and Justice Provedoria
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