Case study: Postobón company
The Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo (José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective, Cajar) is a non-governmental organization that has been working in Colombia since 1978 for the advocacy of human rights and the construction of peace with social and environmental justice. It has consultative status with the UN, is accredited by the OAS, and affiliated with the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT). The effort made to document and denounce the various practices of industry interference is part of CAJAR’s commitment to defend a comprehensive conception of human rights, democracy, and the public interest.
This document responds to the need to talk about issues of general interest, which is usually uncomfortable for the large industries of sweetened beverages and ultra-processed food. If we want to reduce the discomfort so we can build an informed and respectful dialogue, it is necessary to generate knowledge and put the topic at the center of the public agenda; it should be a dialogue where industries speak from their interests and we, society in general, from a comprehensive perspective of our rights and the public interest. This is a step in that direction.
Water conflicts caused by the industry of beverages and ultra-processed food. Case study: Postobón company would have been an impossible task had we not received the generosity of Global Health Advocacy Incubator, to whom we thank for their permanent commitment to the public interest in our country. Nor would it be in your hands were it not for the knowledge and work of its author, Viviana Tacha Gutiérrez, lawyer and specialist in constitutional law at the National University of Colombia, and summa cum laude Master of legal sociology from the International Institute of Legal Sociology of Oñati (Basque Country). She has worked as a lawyer, researcher, and advisor in various non-governmental human rights organisations.
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