Environmental Justice

We work to guarantee the right of all communities and future generations to a healthy environment.


Land-Use
Management

We promote land management policies that are coherent with economic development, social and environmental principles, and the existence of policies and measures to avoid harm to the environmental by a mode of economic development based principally on extractive industries.


Environmental
Participation

By framing the environmental debate with a human rights perspective, in multidisciplinary and accessible terms, we promote environmental participation with a well informed citizenry and legitimate institutions.


Climate
Change

We research and advocate for a national and global legal framework for the protection of environmental refugees and those displaced by environmental causes

At the same time, we advocate for a just transition from carbon-intensive economy especially in countries of the Global South where we are working.

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.

Dejusticia intervention regarding the invalidity requests of sentence T-445 of 2016 on the popular consultation to decide on mining Pijao

On November 11th, Dejusticia conducted a citizen intervention before the Constitutional Court regarding the invalidation request of sentences T-445 of 2016 presented by the National Mining Agency, the Ministry of Mines and Energy, ASOGRAVAS, the Tolima Miners and Hydrocarbons Association, and the Colombian Mining Association.

Intervention on the granting of mining licenses in the Mining Code

Dejusticia intervened litigating the unconstitutionality of several articles in the Mining Code (Law 685 of 2001). The intervention focused on showing how the process to grant mining licenses violated several constitutional principles and rights. 

Direct Advocacy & Other Activities

25 Voices Against Deforestation

From 17 cities around Colombia, these boys, girls, and young adults between the ages of 7 and 26 were the impetus for the First Lawsuit on Climate Change and the Future Generations of Latin America.

In historic ruling, Colombian Court protects youth suing the national government for failing to curb deforestation

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.

Columbia University climate scientist supports climate change litigation case in Colombia

Scientist Dr. James E. Hansen, a global expert on climate change, submitted an amicus brief supporting the climate change case Dejusticia filed alongside 25 children and young people who are suing the Colombian government for failing to stop deforestation in the Amazon region.

Columns &
Blogs

Venezuela in A Helix

The Helix gets its name from the geometric shape of the building that houses the prison, which resembles a spiral. The riot in the prison and the Venezuelan elections this Sunday can surely deepen this crisis and the arbitrariness of Maduro’s regime.

A cure to end homicides

Examples from initiatives across Mexico, Colombia and South Africa shed some light on policies that could help reduce the homicide rate across the Global South. Inclusive and holistic policies that include a wide range of societal actors may offer remedies to tackle this crisis.

Indigenous Sovereignty and the Wars on Drugs in the Americas

As drug policy reform takes on new meaning and energy across the hemisphere, let us also remember the historic indigenous effort to retain sovereignty over territory and sustain communities, now challenged by both drugs and the wars against them.

Project Highlights

Photo: Piyushgiri Revagar

The popular consultation that took place in Cajamarca, Tolima, where 97% of those who participated voted against the development of mining activities in their territory, generated a great debate at the national level. In the days prior to and following the consultation, there were several assertions made about its scope and the effects that the result could have. In this video (in Spanish), Dejusticia clarifies three of the most problematic points made by the government and the mining sector. 

To learn more about this discussion, click here.

Cajamarca

With the support of the Scientists’ Panel, Dejusticia assisted fishing communities from the Ciénaga Grande (the Great Marsh) in presenting an action of tutela demanding the protection of their rights to a clean environment, a dignified life, right to food, and right to work (among others).

The violation of these rights is a direct consequence of the environmental degradation that has occurred in this important ecosystem. The findings that the Scientists’ Panel will present is aimed at identifying the causes of this environmental degradation and providing insights about the possible remedies that can be implemented to guarantee the protection

Find out more about this case  here.

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