Legal Victory in Colombia

 

On December 19, 2011, the court canceled the public bidding process. Justice Juan Carlos Henao said that the constitutional rights of waste pickers had not been respected. Silvio Ruiz Grisales, the International Secretariat of Red Lacre, said that the waste pickers and allies were crying with happiness when the court canceled the bidding process.

Adriana Ruiz-Restrepo, an attorney who has been working with the waste pickers for a decade, said: “This is the biggest sanction  ever declared and a major triumph for those of us who propound for the legal empowerment of the poverty trapped for advancing inclusive development. We are very appreciative of all  the voices of support that we received when we were rejecting  undue pressure of the Waste Agency of the municipality on the Constitutional Court.” See articles in El Tiempo and in Noticias Caracol on the victory.

Adriana Ruiz-Restrepo, an attorney who has been working with the waste pickers for a decade, said: “This is the biggest sanction  ever declared and a major triumph for those of us who propound for the legal empowerment of the poverty trapped for advancing inclusive development. We are very appreciative of all  the voices of support that we received when we were rejecting  undue pressure of the Waste Agency of the municipality on the Constitutional Court.” See articles in El Tiempo and in Noticias Caracol on the victory.

 

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