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 Constitutional Court recognizes the right of consumers to access information about the health effects of sugary drinks

The Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a tutela filed by Dejusticia and other organizations that make up the Food Health Alliance. This is an unprecedented ruling in favor of consumers in Colombia.
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The Constitutional Court recognizes the right of consumers to access information about the health effects of sugary drinks

The Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a tutela filed by Dejusticia and other organizations that make up the Food Health Alliance. This is an unprecedented ruling in favor of consumers in Colombia.
Read more

The Constitutional Court recognizes the right of consumers to access information about the health effects of sugary drinks

The Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a tutela filed by Dejusticia and other organizations that make up the Food Health Alliance. This is an unprecedented ruling in favor of consumers in Colombia.
Read more

Guide to clarify rumors about the Peace Agreement

In light of the inaccurate impressions, misinterpretations and half-truths that are circulating, we consider it necessary to clarify what the Government and the ex-guerrilla of the FARC-EP really agreed on, and how those commitments are being implemented.

Comments on the statutory bill to implement the Special Jurisdiction for Peace

Academics and social organizations, including Dejusticia, analyzed the political convenience and the constitutional justification of the project that is being discussed in Congress.

Dejusticia and GPAZ’s suggestions so that differentiated criminal treatment does not remain on paper

In the Peace Agreement, the Government committed to give up criminal actions and penalties against small farmers and people living in poverty, involved in illicit crops. To date, no law has been approved for this purpose. Here, we outline our proposals.

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.

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.

 

Professional secrecy in abortion cases: the inhumane dilemma between prison and death

The protection of professional secrecy in abortion cases is a fundamental guarantee for women to exercise their right to terminate a pregnancy. If doctors continue to violate professional secrecy and report on abortion cases, women will continue to be subjected to an inhumane dilemma, having to choose between prison or death.

Sentences and political participation

That the FARC leaders can aspire to be elected before being judged by the JEP is not an arbitrary formula: it allows the former commanders to ensure the cohesion of the guerrilla and its transformation into a political actor.

The policy of love

In Venezuela, a law was passed imposing harsh penalties for those who promote hatred and fascism. Pretending to eradicate hate and impose love is a typical feature of tyranny.

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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