Colombia: Public hearing of the Constitutional Court: Protection measures for human rights defenders and leaders.

On April 28\ 2022, the Constitutional Court convened a Public Hearing to follow up on the situation of human rights defenders, leaders and social leaders and the 2020 tutela1 actions on the right to defend human rights.

The public hearing reviewed the current situation of human rights defenders and the respective commitments of the State. Social leaders, civil society organizations and State entities in charge of guaranteeing the right to defend human rights participated.
The event was divided into different sections, the second of which concerned public policies for the protection of social leaders and defenders.
The following list includes the participation of the different organizations and entities and where they can be found in the recording:

01:56 Beginning of the section on public policies.
01:57 Office of the Attorney General of the Nation
02:15 Civil society representatives
02:31 Ombudsman’s Office
02:41 Civil society representatives
02:58 Ministry of Finance
03:12 Ministry of the Interior
03:36 Questions from members of the Constitutional Court and plaintiffs in the tutela actions
04:14 Start of the next section: Effectiveness of protection routes for leaders and human rights defenders.

1Tutela is a Colombian protection mechanism that allows any person to go before the judicial authorities to obtain immediate protection of their fundamental rights, when these are violated or threatened by the action or omission of any public authority or private individuals, in the cases established by law. Its normative framework is found in general terms in Article 86 of the Political Constitution of Colombia and in Decree Law 2591 of 1991.