Economic Justice

We advocate for a basic level of material wellbeing for all; one that is necessary for living with human dignity

Justiciability of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

We promote the justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) through our research and our advocacy for the implementation of relevant court decisions.


Right to
Food

We seek the legal recognition and effective implementation of the right to healthy nutrition and food security. We work to increase the visibility of malnutrition and overweight and to promote public policies that stop their expansion.


Tax
Justice

We promote tax reforms that contribute to decreasing socioeconomic inequality, injustice, and poverty.


Business &
Human Rights

We research and advocate at the national and international levels for effective mechanisms of accountability for violations of human rights in the context of corporate activity, with particular attention to the implementation of international norms, and to corporate accountability in the context of armed conflict and societies in transition.


Committee on
ESCR

Dejusticia’s headquarters host Rodrigo Uprimny, member of the UN Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights (2015-2018).

Research & Publications

The struggle for social rights

This book, in addition to showing to what extent social rights rulings are implemented in the world, also studies causal factors and strategies that have shown practical utility.

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.

Litigation

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

The environmental crisis of this ecosystem led fishermen to pursue a legal battle that reached the High Court. In this intervention, we support their demand that environmental authorities take urgent measures to stop the disaster and thus, protect their rights to healthy environment, dignified life and work.

Rural reform decree to resolve historic debt with peasants

Terrible conditions in the countryside and lack of access to land are linked to the armed conflict. Point one of the Peace Agreement, which is under study by the Constitutional Court, addresses these issues. Dejusticia presented an intervention supporting most of its content.

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.

Columns &
Blogs

A census without peasants?

How is the State going to take peasants into account in its policies if it does not count them in its main instrument for collecting information, which is the census? The request of peasants is fair because this population has historically suffered from structural discrimination. A single piece of data shows that: rural poverty (45%) is approximately three times higher than urban poverty (15%).

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.

Sweet sophisms?

Not adopting a tax on sugary drinks as an initial step for a more comprehensive health strategy is tantamount to saying a few years ago that the seat belt should not be mandatory since the problem of traffic accidents is too complex and requires more comprehensive measures.

Project Highlights

Photo: Piyushgiri Revagar

Dejusticia and other members of organizations that are part of the Food Health Alliance presented a tutela action on the two orders included in Resolution No. 59176 of 2016 of the Industry and Commerce Oversight Agency against a commercial produced by  Educating Consumers, which provided information about the health effects of excessive sugary drinks consumption.

This Resolution ordered, among other things, the immediate halt to the broadcasting of the educational message about the consumption of sugary drinks and its possible impact on health.

Find out more about this case, and about the legal framework for taxing sugary drinks in Colombia, proposed by Dejusticia.

Foto: Andrei Niemimäki

Dejusticia, along with other organizations, joined the “tutela” action filed by a citizen on behalf of Wayúu children who are at a serious risk due to the government's failure to guarantee their rights to food and water. As part of this work, Dejusticia has made several citizen interventions and produced a supplementary report to the Constitutional Court’s visit to Guajira from February 11-16.

Learn more  about the documents contributed to this case.

Photo: Carolina Londoño Mosquera

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