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

Niñas y niños de María La Baja, en riesgo por mal servicio de alcantarillado

Una madre de familia interpuso una tutela argumentando que la precariedad del alcantarillado en este municipio está afectando la vida y la integridad física de sus dos hijos, quienes se enfermaron por estar en contacto con las aguas servidas que se desbordan cuando llueve. Dejusticia la apoyó.

La sentencia que asegura derechos fundamentales para los niños wayúu

La Corte Constitucional emitió una sentencia esperanzadora para miles de niños wayúu que sufren en carne propia la crisis humanitaria de La Guajira. Un grupo de investigadores de Dejusticia visitó el departamento para entender la situación.

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.

Columns &
Blogs

The New Routinization of Inhumanity: Small Acts of Staggering Consequence

Perhaps it’s time to state firmly, and insistently, that we see everyone who let themselves be swooped up in machines of inhumanity, and not just the masterminds. And perhaps it’s not too late to call out enough of the small bureaucrats and agents so that they, too, squirm, question and upend the pact of purposeful obtuseness that is required to carry on with systems of oppression designed to harm from a safe distance.

Taxes on soft drinks in the Americas: trend or necessity

More than a trend, the increasing number of countries implementing a tax on soft drinks shows that this kind of fiscal measure is a cost-efficient policy to tackle the obesity epidemic in the Americas.

The justice needs of the world

States need to know the legal needs of their populations and the ways in which citizens act to manage and resolve those needs in order to design better schemes for the resolution of disputes and for providing access to justice.

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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