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

Open Applications for Intensive Course on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The Intensive Course on Social Rights opens its application process, open until August 15, 2017. The course, which will be taught from October 23 to 27, 2017 in Bogotá, offers advanced training on litigation, research, jurisprudence and innovative strategies for implementing social rights.
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Open Applications for Intensive Course on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The Intensive Course on Social Rights opens its application process, open until August 15, 2017. The course, which will be taught from October 23 to 27, 2017 in Bogotá, offers advanced training on litigation, research, jurisprudence and innovative strategies for implementing social rights.
Read more

Open Applications for Intensive Course on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The Intensive Course on Social Rights opens its application process, open until August 15, 2017. The course, which will be taught from October 23 to 27, 2017 in Bogotá, offers advanced training on litigation, research, jurisprudence and innovative strategies for implementing social rights.
Read more

Open Applications for Intensive Course on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The Intensive Course on Social Rights opens its application process, open until August 15, 2017. The course, which will be taught from October 23 to 27, 2017 in Bogotá, offers advanced training on litigation, research, jurisprudence and innovative strategies for implementing social rights.

Research reveals that much of the control over food and beverage advertising rests solely on the industry’s self-regulation

Dejusticia researched what measures the Colombian State is taking to control advertising of unhealthy foods and beverages in children, and identified the regulatory gaps that exist to suggest key areas of state regulation.

Dejusticia intervened in defense of the non-discrimination of immigrants due to ideological reasons

Dejusticia intervened before the Constitutional Court in the process of revision of the immigration and foreigners law of 1920, which considers communist and anarchist people as a danger to the stability of the public powers.

Crisis in Venezuela: Why isn’t this just another protest?

Dejusticia invited two human right defenders of the NGO Provea (Venezuelan Education-Action Program on Human Rights) to visit Colombia and explain in detail the current profound political and social crisis that the neighboring country faces.

Open Applications to the 15th International Human Rights Colloquium

If you are a human rights activist or an agent of social transformation in Latin America, Africa or Asia, apply to the 15th International Human Rights Colloquium, which will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from October 1 to 6, 2017.

Gpaz and Dejusticia recommend the application of a gender based approach in criminal policy bill

The Working Group on Gender in Peace (GPAZ) and Dejusticia presented an analysis of Bill No. 148 of 2016 (currently in the Senate). The bill is currently being handled by the First Commission and amends provisions of the Criminal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure , the Penitentiary and Prison Code, and the Childhood and Adolescence Code.

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.

 

The luck of prohibition: Bloomsday

The history of art is plagued with censorship. Ulysses, by the Irish author James Joyce, was banned for more than ten years and went to trial three times for being considered obscene.

Dangerous arbitration

The investment treaty with France, which provides clauses of arbitration and indirect expropriation, was approved during a third debate in Congress. The treaty could be approved in the next few days without much analysis or discussion. And it should not be so because the risk of these treaties is enormous.

Dangers without a warning

There are high risks with minimal concerns, like when you fall in the bathroom, and low risks with high concerns, like a terrorist attack. In Colombia there is a very high danger accompanied by a minimal concern: every year, accidents on public roads take the lives of 5,000 bystanders.

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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