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.

Highlights

The need for collective leadership

We received the 2017 Collective Leadership Award, awarded by Semana Magazine, the Leadership and Democracy Foundation and Telefónica. These are the words of our director.
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The need for collective leadership

We received the 2017 Collective Leadership Award, awarded by Semana Magazine, the Leadership and Democracy Foundation and Telefónica. These are the words of our director.
Read more

The need for collective leadership

We received the 2017 Collective Leadership Award, awarded by Semana Magazine, the Leadership and Democracy Foundation and Telefónica. These are the words of our director.
Read more

Regulate the illicit market: a drug policy model with a human rights approach

In a publication by the KAS Foundation, Dejusticia researchers analyze the costs and benefits of different strategies used in the so-called war on drugs.

Our proposal to face the implementation crisis of the illicit drug section in the Peace Accord

Following the massacre of six peasants in Tumaco, in an event allegedly involving anti-narcotics police and currently under investigation, Dejusticia presents eight recommendations to fulfill what was agreed in point 4 of the Peace Agreement.

The need for collective leadership

We received the 2017 Collective Leadership Award, awarded by Semana Magazine, the Leadership and Democracy Foundation and Telefónica. These are the words of our director.

Bill in Congress seeks to stop advertising of unhealthy food for minors

The project's objective is to reduce the negative impact of consumption of unhealthy products, often advertised as "nutritious or healthy foods", on the well-being of children.

‘Ideas for peacebuilding’ brings four new debates for post-conflict

In response to the first implementation phase of the peace agreements that Colombia is currently experiencing in and light of the upcoming presidential elections of 2018, Dejusticia presents its second series of proposals to consolidate peace and think about post-conflict.

Public university

Reflections on public university in light the 150th anniversary of the National University of Colombia.

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.

 

Together: a message for LGBTI activism

"Juntas" tells the story of the first female couple who married in Latin America and who, after two decades of living outside Colombia, return to the country to remember. A delicate and intimate film that leaves us many lessons for activism in the region.

There was no trick

There was no trick because there was no intention to evade the popular will. In a very difficult and volatile context, the government opted for the representative of the people, which is Congress, to interpret and decide whether or not the new agreement met the popular mandate of the plebiscite.

Peace without State

What happened in Tumaco in recent weeks is proof that violence not only depends on peace agreements, but also on strengthening the local state.

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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