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

Executive Summary Decision T-543 of 2017

The Constitutional Court held that the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce censored the organization Educar Consumidores, and it cautioned the Superintendency that henceforth it could not exercise prior control over informational contents.

Overweight and counterweights

Through field work in twelve schools in Ciudad Bolívar in Bogotá, this document shows the need for the State to regulate and monitor the supply and advertising of ultra-processed food products in school environments.

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.

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Columns &
Blogs

Disclosing public servants’ private interests: A powerful but unexploited anti-corruption tool

Both the legislation and the case law of other countries have made considerable efforts to exploit the potential of the disclosure of private interests of public servants as an anti-corruption tool. In contrast, Colombia has yet to adopt these reforms and judicial pronouncements.

The Punishment of Silence: Mental Health Around the World

Far from being an issue of self-care, about which we can speak as casually as we do physical illnesses, mental health is something that we prefer to keep in silence. It’s a topic that carries certain collective fear, shame, and prejudice.

My Name is Nobody

As a human being, Alba needs to be able to assume her identity without fear. But if the conditions she experiences persist and the impacts on her health are made invisible, she could end up having this name that no human being should ever have – whether as a survival mechanism or because of her state of marginalization.

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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