We believe that empowered communities imbued in a culture of inclusiveness, and stronger, more rights-focused institutions can ignite virtuous cycles of community engagement, policy reform, and accountability.  We work to strengthen the rule of law and the voice of the Global South, empower vulnerable and marginalized communities, and combat inequality with a human rights focus.

Climate Change and Future Generations Lawsuit in Colombia: Key Excerpts from the Supreme Court’s Decision

By Camila Bustos | April 13, 2018

The Supreme Court of Justice ordered the protection of the Colombian Amazon from deforestation, ruling in favor of a group of 25 children and youth, who with the support of Dejusticia, sued the Colombian government for failing to protect their rights to life and a healthy environment. Here are key excerpts from the sentence.

Dejusticia launches groundbreaking playbook for the human rights field against populism

By César Rodríguez Garavito | April 12, 2018

At the Defenders’ Days, during the international conference of human rights defenders organized by Civil Rights Defenders in Sweden, Dejusticia has launched the edited volume Rising to the Populist Challenge: A New Playbook for Human Rights Actors.

A mother with many daughters

Daughters from a same mother are mobilizing in Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, Philippines and Mexico to defend it.
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Climate Change and Future Generations Lawsuit in Colombia: Key Excerpts from the Supreme Court’s Decision

The Supreme Court of Justice ordered the protection of the Colombian Amazon from deforestation, ruling in favor of a group of 25 children and youth, who with the support of Dejusticia, sued the Colombian government for failing to protect their rights to life and a healthy environment. Here are key excerpts from the sentence.
accionantes tutela cambio climático colombia y cesar rodríguez

Climate Change and Future Generations Lawsuit in Colombia: Key Excerpts from the Supreme Court’s Decision

The Supreme Court of Justice ordered the protection of the Colombian Amazon from deforestation, ruling in favor of a group of 25 children and youth, who with the support of Dejusticia, sued the Colombian government for failing to protect their rights to life and a healthy environment. Here are key excerpts from the sentence.

Dejusticia launches groundbreaking playbook for the human rights field against populism

At the Defenders’ Days, during the international conference of human rights defenders organized by Civil Rights Defenders in Sweden, Dejusticia has launched the edited volume Rising to the Populist Challenge: A New Playbook for Human Rights Actors.
accionantes tutela cambio climático colombia y cesar rodríguez

In historic ruling, Colombian Court protects youth suing the national government for failing to curb deforestation

The Supreme Court of Justice ordered the protection of the Colombian Amazon from deforestation, ruling in favor of a group of 25 children and youth, who with the support of Dejusticia, sued the Colombian government for failing to protect their rights to life and a healthy environment.

Our teams work in seven thematic areas, nationally and internationally.

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Anti-Discrimination

We work to guarantee the right to equality. Our areas of focus are Ethnic and Racial Discrimination, and Gender Discrimination.

 

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Drug Policy

We work to incorporate a human rights and public health focus into existing drug policies, with both an international and a national focus.

 

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Economic Justice

We address issues of economic justice through our work in economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), with our focus on justiciability and tax policy, and with our work in Business and Human Rights.

 

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Environmental Justice

We combine research and activism to protect the right to a healthy environment through the promotion of public participation in environmental decision making, sustainable territorial planning, and a human rights approach to climate change impacts.

 

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Judicial System

We contribute expertise and seek to influence the design and provision of judicial services and the protection of Constitutional and other legal rights.

 

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Rule of Law

Our areas of focus are: Strengthening Institutions & Independent Judicial Systems; Freedom of Expression, and Privacy, Intelligence & Access to Information.

 

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Transitional Justice

We focus on the rights of victims to truth, justice, reparation and reconciliation in Colombia, with an international perspective, which we bring through case studies of constitutional transitions in other regions and countries.

 

Dejusticia is an action-research center for legal and social studies. We believe that academic research can be committed to social justice and that our direct advocacy can be enriched by rigorous research.  We are multidisciplinary and unafraid to experiment with multiple tools to effect change. 

We have five cross-cutting teams, which work across all issue areas, just as issue areas collaborate with all cross-cutting teams. 

 

Litigation

We develop, present and follow up on our own cases presented before the High Courts of Colombia. We also intervene, assist in or file amicus curiae in existing cases before Courts in Colombia, other countries, or before Commission or the Court in the Inter-American System.

 

Global South & North Collaborations

Coordinated by our Internationalization area, we seek to produce concrete changes in the practice and framing of human rights at the international level by amplifying the voice of the Global South to encourage the global human rights movement to be more diverse in ideas, debates and practices, and by fortifying the global human rights movement through collaboration, expertise and experience sharing, capacity-building and education, etc.

 

Education

We design and provide human rights education and capacity-building opportunities in a variety of formats—from online resources to workshops and conferences—to amplify the work of Global South advocates and assist academics, judges, policy designers and communities who seek to improve human rights conditions.

 

Communications

We work with all teams to identify themes, specific objectives, messages, and audiences, and to propose tools and develop effective language for greater impact. We are also journalists, and publish long form journalism in various news outlets.

 

Publications

We promote positive social change by producing rigorous studies and research-based policy proposals.  Publications are coordinated by our Operational Support area.

 

A mother with many daughters

Daughters from a same mother are mobilizing in Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, Philippines and Mexico to defend it.

The right to live and die without pain in the Americas

Living and dying without pain is a very important component of the right to health. Consequently, States have an obligation not only to remove obstacles that prevent patients from obtaining palliative drugs, but also to promote more flexible programs and policies that facilitate access to these medicines.

How I gave a mother a cake because I couldn’t get her son out of jail

Certainly one does not need to be a human rights activist to be able to shake someone’s hand. But it’s only a truly caring and grounded advocate who can write a set of policy recommendations and at the same time keep giving hope to the people s/he works with to make sure that all this does not become pointless in the end.

Partner Websites & Blogs

Dejusticia has launched multiple initiatives that have become stand-alone projects. This is part of our work to strengthen the voice of the Global South and provide useful tools for diverse communities.

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