Analysis & Commentary

UNASUR Mission to Venezuela Must Call for Respect for Human Rights, Promote Dialogue

Letter from 33 regional organizations outlines recommendations for UNASUR mission and work plan
In a letter to the foreign ministers of Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador, WOLA joins with 32 other NGOs in calling on the upcoming UNASUR delegation to promote inclusive dialogue and call for the respect of human rights.

US Activists Urge Colombia to Protect Defenders, Unionists and Victims

In a letter directed at the newly appointed director of the National Protection Unit (​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UNP), civil society groups urge Colombia to protect human rights defenders, union organizers and victims.

WOLA Statement on Vice President Joe Biden's Central America Visit

Finding Partners in the Fight Against Corruption and Organized Crime
Biden’s visit to Guatemala comes at a time when the country is debating the future of one of the most important mechanisms fighting corruption and organized crime there, and its renewal would demonstrate a strong commitment to ending impunity.

Deteriorating Security Situation for Unionists in Valle del Cauca

U.S. and Colombian officials must take action in the wake of continued threats and attacks against human and labor rights defenders in Colombia.

Letter to The New York Times Editor: Aid to Central America

In a letter to the editor published in the New York Times, WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán stresses the importance of channeling U.S. aid to those governments and institutions firmly committed to promoting violence prevention, economic opportunity and genuine, long-term reform.

What Does the New U.S. Special Envoy Mean for Colombia's Peace Process?

WOLA Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy Adam Isacson weighs in on the political implications of the U.S. government's new special envoy for the Colombian peace process, Bernie Aronson.

Can Washington Still Dictate Drug Policy in the Americas?

In an article for NACLA, WOLA's Coletta Youngers and Adam Schaffer analyze how while the drug war has continued in Latin America, the momentum in favor of reform is building in unexpected places.

New Threats against Afro-Colombian Communities, Human and Labor Rights Groups Raise Concern

In a note to policymakers, WOLA documents new human and labor rights violations
U.S. officials must take action in the wake of continued threats against human and labor rights defenders in Colombia.