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

Palliative Care: A Human Rights Approach to Health Care

This edition is an English translation of "Cuidados paliativos: El abordaje de la atención en salud desde un enfoque de derechos humanos", published by Dejusticia in August 2016; the data was not updated for the English translation.

Rising to the Populist Challenge

This book collects and analyzes a repertoire of responses by human rights organizations to the crackdown against civil society in the populist context.

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.


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 ...

The Constitutional Court has the last word to save the Ciénaga Grande of Santa Marta

The Ciénaga Grande of Santa Marta represents one of the worst environmental disasters of recent years in Colombia. In 2016, there were at least ten episodes of massive fish mortality ...

Direct Advocacy & Other Activities

Dejusticia interviene en defensa del derecho a la salud de migrantes venezolanos

La Corte Constitucional invitó a Dejusticia entregar su concepto jurídico frente a dos casos que actualmente están siendo estudiados por el tribunal relativos al derecho a la salud de personas provenientes de Venezuela.

Actores armados emergentes e industrias extractivas: nuevas amenazas contra indígenas colombianos

La Comunidad de Juristas Akubadaura y Dejusticia describen ante Naciones Unidas los más recientes ataques a líderes y pueblos indígenas en Colombia. El fortalecimiento de la Guardia Indígena y la implementación de protocolos para proteger colectivamente territorios podrían ayudar a contrarrestar estos riesgos.

Registration open for course on ‘Business and human rights: doctrine, practice, and strategy’

This course focuses on doctrine, practice and strategies for the implementation of human rights protections in the context of business activities. The course offers an intensive introduction to key concepts and emergent jurisprudence in the field.

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Registration open for course on ‘Business and human rights: doctrine, practice, and strategy’

This course focuses on doctrine, practice and strategies for the implementation of human rights protections in the context of business activities. The course offers an intensive introduction to key concepts and emergent jurisprudence in the field.

Climate Change and Future Generations Lawsuit in Colombia: Key Excerpts from the Supreme Court’s Decision

The Supreme Court of Justice ordered the protection of the Colombian Amazon from deforestation, ruling in favor of a group of 25 children and youth, who with the support of Dejusticia, sued the Colombian government for failing to protect their rights to life and a healthy environment. Here are key excerpts from the sentence.

Dejusticia launches groundbreaking playbook for the human rights field against populism

At the Defenders’ Days, during the international conference of human rights defenders organized by Civil Rights Defenders in Sweden, Dejusticia has launched the edited volume Rising to the Populist Challenge: A New Playbook for Human Rights Actors.

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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