Analysis & Commentary

The View from Havana: WOLA Was on the Ground When History Happened

Members of WOLA's Cuba program staff were in Cuba when the news broke about the release of Alan Gross and President Obama's announcement. Program Director Geoff Thale shares his on-the-ground perspective of how the news was received in Cuba.

Biofuels: A False Global Solution and Local Destruction in Colombia

In this book on biofuels, WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sanchez contributes a chapter on the impact of palm oil on displaced and Afro-Colombian communities.

Human Rights Crisis in Mexico Demands Stronger Response from Mexican Government

To mark Human Rights Day on December 10, WOLA prepared an analysis of the human rights situation in Mexico and the failure of the Peña Nieto administration to make meaningful progress on human rights issues during the president's first years in office.

Colombia Must Take Steps to Protect Colombian Educational Union

WOLA letter calls for action on threats, attacks against SINDESENA
In a letter to the Director General of the SENA job training school in Colombia, WOLA calls for action to protect the school's union and students' legitimate rights to association and free speech.

WOLA Guantanamo Fact Sheet

On December 7, 2014, six detainees were transferred from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo to Uruguay. The detainees had been cleared for transfer by the special Guantanamo Periodic Review Board, which determined that their release would not represent a security threat.

Following Social Security Institute Liquidation, Colombia Must Pay the Pensions it Owes

Letter to Colombian President, Labor Minister express concern over labor rights violations
In a letter to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, WOLA expresses concern over Colombia's apparent refusal to pay its former workers their duly-earned pensions and medical benefits.

Signs of the Changing Cuban Economy

In late October 2014, WOLA staff led a four day research trip to Cuba with U.S. labor union leaders and labor experts to look at the changing Cuban economy and how the economic reforms have impacted worker protections on the island.

GAO Report: Enforcement of FTA Labor Provisions Remains a Serious Problem

U.S. Government Agencies Should Act Quickly to Ensure That Legislative and Institutional Changes Lead to Labor Rights Protections on the Ground
The report recognizes that governments in the region have taken important steps to deal with labor commitments. But it concludes that more monitoring and more vigorous enforcement are required.