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

Our “common home”

In his encyclical, Pope Francis makes an invitation to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress, to explore a new vision of development that respects our house and allows believers and non believers to live in equality.
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Our “common home”

In his encyclical, Pope Francis makes an invitation to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress, to explore a new vision of development that respects our house and allows believers and non believers to live in equality.
Read more

Our “common home”

In his encyclical, Pope Francis makes an invitation to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress, to explore a new vision of development that respects our house and allows believers and non believers to live in equality.
Read more

“Today, even Chavistas are persecuted in Venezuela”: Rafael Uzcátegui

The director of the Venezuelan NGO Provea, who was invited by Dejusticia to visit Colombia, talks about the departure of prosecutor Luisa Ortega and a possible new wave of protests that could reach the main cities in his country.

The civil rights of the families of missing persons need to be protected

Gloria Mansilla and her daughters await the ruling of the Constitutional Court against a ruling that did not allow them to keep a property acquired through a loan, before her husband and father Miguel Angel Diaz disappeared.

Osamah, the Yemeni activist who has not seen reconciliation

El Colombiano, a newspaper in Medellín, interviewed Osama Al Fakih, a human rights defender from Yemen, who was part of our 5th Global Workshop. The event, held in August in Cali and Bogotá, brought 15 activists from around the world who debated the need to reopen civil society spaces to defend human rights.

Los Guáimaros resist being forgotten

August 30th marks the 15th anniversary of the massacre in the village of Los Guáimaros, in Montes de María. Despite the cruelty of those 15 deaths and their impact, their story remains untold and no one knows who did it.

The Agreements for the Substitution of Illicit Crops must have a gender perspective

GPaz and Dejusticia presented contributions for the inclusion of the gender approach in the route to the formulation and implementation of Collective Agreements within the framework of the National Comprehensive Substitution Plan.

Murat Çelikkan: When dissent becomes crime

This weekend he was supposed to come to Colombia, to a forum on human rights in Cali. Today the Turkish activist is in jail for being editor of an opposition newspaper.

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.

 

Venezuela: freedom for Juan Pedro Lares

I want to share a story with those who question the gravity of the breakdown of human rights and democracy in Venezuela.

Our “common home”

In his encyclical, Pope Francis makes an invitation to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress, to explore a new vision of development that respects our house and allows believers and non believers to live in equality.

Indolence against femicide

According to Forensic Medicine, of the 50,707 case of domestic partner violence registered in 2016, 86% were for violence against women, violence that in many cases ended in femicides.

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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