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In 2004, the ACPP, together with the Human Rights
Council of Australia (HRCA) ran a national
training on the Rights-based Approach (or RBA)
for the National Commission for Justice, Peace
and Development of the Catholic Bishops
Conference of India. The Training was partially
supported by the ACPP. Fr. James Mascarenhas SJ
(Fr. James) was one of over 30 participants of
the Training and was interviewed in late 2006,
when the ACPP was trying to evaluate the
effectiveness of its training programmes.
The 2004 Training was designed by Andre
Frankovits (Andre, also the main resource person,
of the HRCA), James Tan (James, the facilitator,
of the ACPP) and Katalee Sikarangkhura (Kat,
another facilitator, of the ACPP).
[Father James: what he thinks his
I think 3 things stand out more: as a priest,
lawyer and an activist. Ok, I am still an amateur
in other things, but 3 things have been standing
out in my life. I enjoy being a priest, enjoy
being an activist, and I enjoy being a lawyer
also. And I find that all these 3 roles really
helped me to go down to the people and to really
work committedly with them.