Anti-Discrimination

We work against discrimination through research, legal advocacy and social action


Gender
Discrimination

We work to promote the rights of women and the LGBTI population. Our work has addressed the rights of same-sex couples, sexual and reproductive rights of women, and has focused on the political participation and push states to guarantee the rights of women and individuals of diverse sexual orientations who have been victims of armed conflict.

We also promote the debate on the national health care system in Colombia and push for a gender focus in drug and prison policies.


Racial &
Ethnic Discrimination

We advocate for equality for indigenous communities and Afro-descendants and for their increased representation and participation. We participate in the design, support and strengthening of mechanisms of participation and prior consultation related to natural resources and extractive industries. We also follow up on court judgments that affect these populations and push for affirmative action especially in labor and education.

While our work is rooted in Colombia-based work, we have pursed research, litigation and advocacy throughout Latin America and in other regions of the Global South, and we have developed networks and forums for experience sharing with indigenous and ethnically differentiated communities across the Global South.

Research & Publications

What should not be told: Tensions between the right to privacy and the access to information in cases of the voluntary termination of pregnancy

This document attempts to illustrate and analyze some of the tensions that exist between the right to privacy and other relevant constitutional rights and duties, such as the right to information and the duty to report in the context of the partial decriminalization of abortion in Colombia.

What should not be told: Tensions between the right to privacy and the access to information in cases of the voluntary termination of pregnancy

This document attempts to illustrate and analyze some of the tensions that exist between the right to privacy and other relevant constitutional rights and duties, such as the right to information and the duty to report in the context of the partial decriminalization of abortion in Colombia.

Monitoring report on Resolution 1325 of the United Nations, Colombia 2017

he Sixth Monitoring Report of Resolution 1325 is a monitoring and implementation instrument, produced by Coalition 1325 since 2011. This report becomes important in the framework of the implementation of the Final Agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP, It follows up on Resolution 1325 and provides tools to assess the application of the gender approach and the participation of women in the implementation of the Agreement.

Litigation

Gender focus in rural reform is important but insufficient

The Gender-in-Peace Working Group -GPAZ, a group of which Dejusticia is a member, took part in the Public Hearing convened by the Constitutional Court, within the framework of the informal constitutional review of Decree 902 of 2017 "to facilitate the implementation of the Comprehensive Rural Reform contemplated in the Final Land Agreement, specifically the procedure for access and formalization and the Land Fund."

The national government geographically isolated Chocó

We intervened to support a tutela that requires the government to pave the Quibdó-Medellín and Quibdó-Pereira roads: a promise that has historically been unfulfilled.

Dejusticia and Cimarrón intervened before the Constitutional Court to oppose racial discrimination in the workplace

The Constitutional Court is about to end the legal struggle that Jonh Jak Becerra undertook six years ago, after being a victim of racial discrimination at work. Dejusticia and Cimarrón called for the protection of the rights to equality, non-discrimination, decent work and due process.

Other Activities &
Advocacy

Guatemala: Dejusticia intervenes in a process that seeks to protect the right to prior consultation of the Xinka people

During 2012 and 2013, the Ministry of Energy and Mines granted licenses for the exploitation of the Escobal mining company without consulting indigenous people. Eight international organizations presented an amicus to support the communities.

The Supreme Court rules in favor of peasants

Regarding the legal action that 1,770 peasants filed to be included in the census, the court ordered the Government to define the concept of peasant, to include this population in the census, and to advance public policies that ensure their material equality.

Dejusticia and other organizations support the case brought before the United States Supreme Court to protect the right to non-discrimination of same-sex couples

The United States Supreme Court will hear the case of a same-sex couple in Colorado who was denied a cake for their wedding by a pastry chef claiming religious (specifically Christian) objections. In an intervention presented before this Court, Dejusticia and other organizations of the INCLO network supported the couple’s right not to be discriminated against.

Columns &
Blogs

Navigating Human Rights in a War-Torn Yemen

Despite immensely difficult circumstances in a war-torn and diminishing space for activism, Mwatana for Human Rights has remained steadfast in its mission to defend human rights.

Rethinking the Anti-Poverty Recipe

Economic growth alone is not enough to alleviate extreme poverty. Instead, we need creative, targeted alternatives—like unconditional cash transfers and livestock donations.

A Chain of Inequalities

The decline of redistributive agrarian reforms coupled with growing patterns of land concentration and land-grabbing threaten to exacerbate cycles of inequality in the countryside, in the city, and around the world.

Project Highlights

Photo: Piyushgiri Revagar

Launched in September 2014 by Dejusticia and the Observatory on Racial Discrimination, the Prior Consultation Information Center is a platform for different actors interested in advocating the right to consultation to share experiences, get information, and explore ideas for the implementation of the right to free and informed consultation, as well as other rights of ethnic groups.

www.consultaprevia.org

The Observatory of Racial Discrimination (ODR) is a space for research about and action against the practices of racial discrimination in Colombia and Latin America. Its education program is the Incubator for Afro-Colombian Lawyers for Human Rights and Against Discrimination. Through this program, ODR facilitates access to courses, workshops, masters’ programs for its participants. At the same time, it is a space to strengthen alliances and collaborations amongst young defenders of racial justice in Colombia.

The Incubator team created the blog Letra Prieta, a space for analysis and critique about diverse manifestations of racism and ways to combat it.

www.odracial.org

First Global Workshop on Human Rights Strategies for Indigenous Leaders of the Global South

The first Workshop for Indigenous Leaders of the Global South has three principal objectives. First, it seeks to strengthen alliances and coordination between activists and indigenous organizations of the Global South. Second, it aims to strengthen the capacity of analysis, advocacy and mobilization of the participants through collective learning and reflection sessions about these topics. Finally, the Workshop seeks to build a global strategy for the defense and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples.

Application materials should be sent to the Center for Information on Prior Consultation at [email protected] by June 10, 2017.

 

Dejusticia Submits Comments to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding Advisory Opinion Request on LGTBI Rights

Dejusticia filed a brief before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding Costa Rica's request for an Advisory Opinion from the Court. This request for an Advisory Opinion seeks clarification about the patrimonial rights of same sex couples and the rights of persons who wish to change their legal name according to their gender identity.

Read more about the submission here.

 

Photo: Diego Cambiaso

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