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

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.

Eight key points of the first Latin American lawsuit on the rights of future generations and climate change

Deforestation in the Colombian Amazon (the most biodiverse region in the world) violates the right of colombian children and youth to enjoy a healthy environment. Given that all ecosystems are interconnected, deforestation in the Amazon not only affects those living in the region, but also elsewhere in Colombia.

Columns &
Blogs

A mother with many daughters

Daughters from a same mother are mobilizing in Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, Philippines and Mexico to defend it.

The right to live and die without pain in the Americas

Living and dying without pain is a very important component of the right to health. Consequently, States have an obligation not only to remove obstacles that prevent patients from obtaining palliative drugs, but also to promote more flexible programs and policies that facilitate access to these medicines.

How I gave a mother a cake because I couldn’t get her son out of jail

Certainly one does not need to be a human rights activist to be able to shake someone’s hand. But it’s only a truly caring and grounded advocate who can write a set of policy recommendations and at the same time keep giving hope to the people s/he works with to make sure that all this does not become pointless in the end.

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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