Global South & North Collaborations

Collaborations Across the Global South & North

We aim to produce concrete changes in the practice and framing of human rights at the international level by amplifying the voice of the Global South in international human rights debates, nurturing effective networks, and fortifying the global human rights movement. We do this through collaborative transnational advocacy projects, expertise and experience sharing, capacity-building and education and other opportunities for Global South practitioners to learn from and teach each other.

The Future of the Human Rights Movement

We research and reflect on the global human rights movement in order to better understand the workings of global networks of activism in human rights. As with all of Dejusticia’s work, this line of work aims to produce rigorous research that also serves an advocacy purpose: amplifying the voice of the Global South and strengthening the movement.  

Research & Publications

Globalization and Human Rights Book Series

The series provides unique and multi-disciplinary perspectives on the interface of the global economy and human rights. It offers space for exploring the challenges of globalization, the role of human rights in framing and shaping regulation and politics and, more critically whether human rights are a mere product or legitimation of globalization.

Business and Human Rights. Beyond the End of the Beginning

The regulation of business in the global economy poses one of the main challenges for governance, as illustrated by the dynamic scholarly and policy debates about the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and a possible international treaty on the matter.

Fighting the tide: Human Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global South

This text forms part of a long-term project undertaken by Dejusticia as part of its international work. The project revolves around the Global Action-Research Workshop for Young Human Rights Advocates that Dejusticia organizes each year to foster connections among and train a new generation of action researchers.


Intervention before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in follow-up to the situation of the Sarayaku people of Ecuador

Dejusticia, EarthRights International and the Foundation for Due Process presented an intervention before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the follow-up that this court is giving to the situation of the Sarayaku people of Ecuador.

We presented a tutela in favor of the right consumers have to receive information on the amount of sugarpresent in the beverages we drink

Dejusticia and other organizations filed a tutela regarding the Industry and Commerce Oversight Agency ban of a commercial by Educating Consumers that addressed health effects of excessive sugary drinks consumption.

Dejusticia and other organizations intervene in protection case on behalf of Wayúu children

on 19 july, Dejusticia, along with the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC), the Civic Committee for the Dignity of La Guajira, and the Committee of Support for Popular Communities (CODACOP), and several leaders of the Wayúu peoples, sent to the Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia a brief in support of the citizen-led protection case on behalf of Wayúu boys and girls, who are facing grave danger due to a widespread situation of hunger and lack of drinking water in the department of La Guajira.

Direct Advocacy & Other Activities

Maduro’s persecuted

The flight of Caracas's former mayor, Antonio Ledezma, to Europe reveals only one of the 342 stories of political prisoners fleeing Nicolás Maduro's government.

Colombia Peace Agreement: participation and protest

The 2016 Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and FARC includes explicit aims to improve democratic participation and protect the right to protest. But how are these goals being threatened?

Interview – “Giving up is useless”: Philip Alston

Creativity, working in coalition, and finding one's own mistakes: this is how the NYU professor believes that the human rights movement in the world can raise its head to remain relevant. The United Nations Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights was in Colombia and invited by Dejusticia.

Columns &

Human Rights and the Practical Power of Art

At a time when the human rights movement is facing great challenges, and at a moment when there is a widespread recognition that the human rights movement must be more interdisciplinary, and locally connected, human rights advocates should be more purposeful in integrating art, in addition to social sciences, into our practice.

The world is still wide and alien

The unforeseen incidents of bringing together a handful of indigenous leaders from around the world to Colombia for the First Global Workshop for Indigenous Leaders.

Poverty, inequality and discrimination in Latin America

When governments are seeking to reduce poverty based on discrimination and increase rights protection, policies must also aim to reduce discrimination due to historical factors. The latter has created the very own elements that facilitate the impoverishment of various social groups.

Project Highlights

Photo: Piyushgiri Revagar

In a Collaborative Project with the Business & Human Rights Resource Center, Dejusticia Launched an Advocacy Project on Coal in the Global South, which Continues

In this project, we examined coal in four countries -- India, Colombia, South Africa, and Egypt --through a human rights lens. We focus on the Global South, where coal use and production are increasing despite the opposite trend in much of the Global North.

We presented a report, a documentary and a blog series as we contributed to a greater understanding of the coal industry and how countries can better articulate their COP 21 commitments after Paris.

Now in its fifth year, Dejusticia's Global Action-Research Workshop seeks to ensure that the new generation of Global South human rights advocates has a strong voice in international discussions. 

An important challenge for these young advocates is how to increase their influence in international human rights debates. High quality research coming from the Global South on human rights issues is critically important.

In recognition of this, and of the need for young advocates to build research and writing skills to address pressing problems in their respective countries, Dejusticia holds an annual Action-Research Workshop to train young professionals to effectively design, conduct, and write action-oriented research, as well as communicate their findings in diverse formats. Dejusticia provides ongoing mentorship for participants to work on a research project and publication of their design after they return to their home countries.


The Global Action-Research Workshop provides a number of simultaneous spaces and formats for highlighting the work and writing of Workshop participants and instructors. One of those spaces is the Amphibious Accounts: Human Rights Stories from the Global South, a blog space created for those involved with our workshop to reflect about human rights practice with both intellectual rigor and personal perspectives form the Global South.

Accountability of Corporate Actors During Transitional Justice Processes

As part of a broader project on the accountability of corporate actors during transitional processes, Dejusticia, along with partner organizations, intervened in the the 2nd Session of Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights.Dejusticia, as an organization with ECOSOC consultative status, presented an oral intervention during the second panel of the session, calling attention to the special conditions of societies living in the context of conflict or undergoing a transition process. These societies have special conditions as they demand accountability from economic actors that have cooperated or assisted in the violation of human rights during armed conflict. Thus, Dejusticia requested that the Working Group consider specific provisions that take into account the needs of these societies to prosecute corporate complicity with conflict actors.

A transcript of our intervention can be found here.

This project was carried out principally by our Transitional Justice team.

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