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

Every hour nine people are detained for drug-related crimes

The book "Drug crimes and prison overdose in Colombia", produced by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law and Dejusticia, disagnoses the impact of drug policy on the prison system and recommends, among other measures, to decriminalize personal dose.
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Every hour nine people are detained for drug-related crimes

The book "Drug crimes and prison overdose in Colombia", produced by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law and Dejusticia, disagnoses the impact of drug policy on the prison system and recommends, among other measures, to decriminalize personal dose.
Read more

Every hour nine people are detained for drug-related crimes

The book "Drug crimes and prison overdose in Colombia", produced by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law and Dejusticia, disagnoses the impact of drug policy on the prison system and recommends, among other measures, to decriminalize personal dose.
Read more

Inter-American Comission on Human Rights wants to investigate police abuses during the Buenaventura strike

During a hearing in Lima, Peru, organizations working to protect the rights of the Afro-Colombian population claimed that the government and the FARC are ignoring this population in the implementation of the Peace Accord.

Search Unit for Missing Persons is urgent and crucial

In an intervention, Dejusticia argues that the norm that creates this unit meets the formal and material requirements to be declared constitutional. It also requests further clarity so that all information related to human rights violations is disclosed.

Every hour nine people are detained for drug-related crimes

The book "Drug crimes and prison overdose in Colombia", produced by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law and Dejusticia, disagnoses the impact of drug policy on the prison system and recommends, among other measures, to decriminalize personal dose.

Decree that created the National Comprehensive Program for Crop Substitution is constitutional

In an intervention before the Constitutional Court, Dejusticia argued that this norm conforms to the Constitution. However, the organization warned that the deadline to determine the beneficiaries should be reconsidered because it could leave out a group of peasants living in poverty.

10 reasons why drug policy needs to be shaken up

The growing risks of the war on drugs can no longer be ignored. On June 26, organizations from around the world will come together under the slogan "Support. Do not punish." In Colombia a special event will be held in Medellín this Friday 23.

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.

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.

 

Humor against power

The slander of former President Uribe against Daniel Samper Ospina shows that satire is becoming more and more uncomfortable, as more left and right-wing populist multiply.

The use of jail went out of proportion

If the idea was to control the production, transportation and use of drugs through tough policies, what ended up happening was the criminalization of the most vulnerable and marginalized.

Dear Congress members, too much noise around the Special Jurisdiction for Peace!

The proposals asking to remove the application of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace to military and civilians ignore the complex dynamics of the armed conflict.

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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