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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

Civil Resistance Against 21st Century Athoritarianism

Thorugh various narratives, the authors seek to recognize new spaces for struggle —such as political activism— to develop action-research tools in a context of crisis.

The Sarayaku and the Inter-American System on Human Rights: Justice for the “Medio Dia” People and their Living Jungle

Mario Melo Cevallos, lawyer of the Kichwa people of Sarayaku, presents his version of the history of resistance and mobilization of the indigenous people before the State plans to exploit the oil that was in the heart of the Amazon.

Transnational Advocacy Networks

Activists, particularly those based in the global South, have accumulated a wealth of experience in dealing with a range of transnational networks operating in diverse issue areas. New theoretical understandings have reflected this accumulating experience.


Colombia must obtain resources to guarantee the right to health of Venezuelan migrants: Constitutional Court

In Venezuela, the shortage of medicine and hospital implements is so serious that it has unleashed a strong surge of migrants forced to leave their country, mainly to Latin America, ...

The long wait of the JEP ahead of the decisions of the Constitutional Court and Congress

Six months ago Congress, via fast track, approved the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). This reform (Legislative Act 1 of 2017) transiently introduces to the 1991 Constitutional essential mechanisms for ...

Case of indigenous people of Bojayá who could not vote in the plebiscite is about to reach the Court

Although on October 2, 2016, 95.78% of the inhabitants of Bojayá (Chocó) who went to the polls to endorse the plebiscite for peace, said Yes to the agreement between the ...

Direct Advocacy & Other Activities

Are Human Rights Still Effective?

In 2018, we brought together activists from 11 Global South countries to reflect on the importance of human rights in contexts where their effectiveness has been questioned. Their conclusions were compiled in the book Reimagining the Future of Human Rights.

Get involved! Our fellowship program for human rights defenders from the Global South is now open!

If you belong to an organization that defends human rights in a country in the Global South that is in an emergency or high risk context, we invite you to participate in our fellowship program so that, with our support, you can develop your projects.

New Research Report: “The Defense of Human Rights in Venezuela”

This report is the result of an assessment of the obstacles that civil society organizations are facing, as well as their resistance and resilience in their continued defense of human rights.

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Get involved! Our fellowship program for human rights defenders from the Global South is now open!

If you belong to an organization that defends human rights in a country in the Global South that is in an emergency or high risk context, we invite you to participate in our fellowship program so that, with our support, you can develop your projects.

Workshop on creative activism Days of Hope is coming to Caquetá on the 21st of September

Dejusticia, PID Amazonía, the Red Cross Bogotá and Tell are getting together in Florencia to hold the first event of this international initiative that combines art and social mobilization.

Attention! Job Opportunity at Dejusticia

Dejusticia is seeking a dynamic International Area Director who will both lead and work alongside the team to ensure the efficient functioning of the international area in its multiple tasks.

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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