The ICC Venezuela Referral and the Tumultuous Shift in Latin American Politics

By Daniel Marín | November 13, 2018

With the rise of right-wing presidents in Latin America, measures like the referral can be abused by such governments to advance their political agendas in the region, thereby delegitimizing the crucial cause of seeking justice for victims in Venezuela as a common goal.

Using regulation to repair the mistakes of drug prohibition

By Luis Felipe Cruz | October 23, 2018

Recognizing the ethno-racial biases of marijuana prohibition, the opening of the legal market has involved a series of measures aimed both at compensating for damage caused over the course of prohibition, and at overcoming conditions of economic inequality.

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Going Beyond Nature

What does granting rights to nature really mean? How can the rights of nature be materialized? Which rights? Where does this recognition leave the communities that have traditionally inhabited and helped to conserve certain areas?
On April 5, 2018, the Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia demanded that the State protect the Colombian Amazon from deforestation, giving the reason to a group of 25 children and young people who, accompanied by Dejusticia, sued the State for not guaranteeing their rights to life and the environment.
Tutela Merged

25 Voices Against Deforestation

From 17 cities around Colombia, these boys, girls, and young adults between the ages of 7 and 26 were the impetus for the First Lawsuit on Climate Change and the Future Generations of Latin America.

Here is how litigation for the planet won in Colombia

The lawyer for the 25 children and youth who won the lawsuit on deforestation and climate change in the Amazon narrates the case and analyzes the subsequent steps to implement the historic ruling of the Supreme Court.

Help us build the Intergenerational Pact for the Amazon

The government and the 25 children and young people who filed a lawsuit to stop deforestation in the Amazon and tackle climate change must now create a plan to achieve this goal. Everyone can join the effort to protect this ecosystem.

These are the protagonists

Tutela Merged

25 Voices Against Deforestation

From 17 cities around Colombia, these boys, girls, and young adults between the ages of 7 and 26 were the impetus for the First Lawsuit on Climate Change and the Future Generations of Latin America.

Videos

The first climate change and future generations lawsuit in Latin America

The protagonists behind the lawsuit

Supreme Court rules in favor of young people!

Help us build the Intergenerational Pact for the Amazon

The government and the 25 children and young people who filed a lawsuit to stop deforestation in the Amazon and tackle climate change must now create a plan to achieve this goal. Everyone can join the effort to protect this ecosystem.

Sign our petition on Change.org

Timeline of the climate change and
future generations lawsuit in Colombia

  • May 26, 2018

    Plaintiffs meet for a second time in Bogotá

    The twenty five plaintiffs get together in Bogota to keep building the Intergenerational Pact for the Life of the Colombian Amazon (PIVAC).
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  • May 15, 2018

    First meeting between the Ministry of Environmental and Dejusticia

    The Ministry of Environment and Dejusticia organized the first workshop to build the Short, Medium and Long-Term Action Plan to stop deforestation in the Amazon and the Intergenerational Pact for the Life of the Colombian Amazon (PIVAC).
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  • April 5, 2018

    The Supreme Court decides on the case

    The Supreme Court of Justice ruled in the second instance in favor of the plaintiffs.
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  • March 20, 2018

    Different actors in civil society, state, and academia filed additional interventions in support of the case

    These include legal clinics at Colombian universities such as Los Andes, Rosario, Javeriana and Externado. In addition, climate scientist James Hansen and six indigenous associations from the Colombian Amazon submitted an amicus.
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  • February 16, 2018

    The plaintiffs appeal the district court’s decision

    Plaintiffs file an appeal before the Superior Tribunal of Bogota’s Judicial District. The case heads to the Supreme Court of Justice.
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  • February 13, 2018

    A district court decides on the case

    The Superior Tribunal of Bogota’s Judicial District - Civil Chamber decides on the case, denying the plaintiff’s petitions. One of the three justices presents a minority opinion in favor of the lawsuit.
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  • February 6, 2018

    Other actors submit amici curiae in support of the lawsuit

    These include the National Environmental Forum, the environmentalist Julio Carrizosa, the Environmental Studies Institute (IDEA) at the National University, and the General Solicitor in charge of environmental matters.
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  • January 29, 2018

    The lawsuit was filed

    The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit (also known as tutela) before the Superior Tribunal of Bogota’s Judicial District.
    Read more | Know the key points of the lawsuit

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