Analysis & Commentary

A New Era of Accountability in Guatemala?

After years of a persistent lack of accountability for corruption in government, thousands of Guatemalans are taking a stand. The streets of cities around the country have been flooded in a “paro nacional,” or general strike.

The Colombia-Venezuela Border Crisis Must Be Resolved Respecting Human Rights

To address their border dispute, Venezuela and Colombia need to sit down and figure out how to resolve their issues without xenophobia or hostile rhetoric, in a responsible manner that targets the real problems.

On Assault Weapons, States and Private Companies Lead the Way

President Obama Should Follow
Wal-Mart’s move is only the latest effort to reduce gun violence in the United States even as Congress stalls.

International Community Must Guarantee Rights of Dominico-Haitian Defenders

Following ruling 168-13 of the the Domican Republic's Constitutional Court, Dominico-Haitian defenders have been under attack. The deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent have further created an environment that requires international community to guarantee protection of human rights.

Reflections From Havana: WOLA’s Geoff Thale at the U.S. Flag-Raising in Cuba

When the U.S. flag went up in front of the newly reopened embassy in Havana, it launched a new era in U.S. relations with Cuba. WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale went to Havana for the official opening of the U.S. Embassy.

Workshop on Mass Incarceration of Women Across the Americas

Finding New Approaches to Grassroots and Global Advocacy
On July 16, 2015, WOLA and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) convened a Workshop on the Mass Incarceration of Women Across the Americas, bringing together experts and advocates from Latin America and the United States.

Factsheet: Reforms in 21st Century Cuba

Over the past few years, the Cuban government has initiated a gradual but important process of reform. This includes economic changes that are moving a significant portion of the population out of the public sector and towards private employment.

65 Members of Congress Support Colombian Peace Process, Victims

Two new high-profile letters of support for the Colombian peace process showcase the deep commitment to peace in Colombia shared by a number of U.S. members of Congress.