Analysis & Commentary

The Human Rights Landscape in Colombia: Adam Isacson's testimony before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Testimony of Adam Isacson before the House of Representatives' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Colombia is negotiating to end a conflict that has killed 220,000 people in the past 55 years. Adam Isacson, WOLA senior associate for regional security policy, gives a 360-degree overview of the conflict, the negotiations, security challenges, and human rights, in testimony before the House of Representatives' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

Amnesty under Fire in El Salvador: Legal Challenges and Political Implications

Since the end of the Salvadoran civil war in 1992, victims of human rights abuses have chafed at the country’s Amnesty Law. However, recent developments suggest that the tide is turning against the amnesty and its supporters.

International Declaration on tenth anniversary of Black October

Ten Years of Protecting International Fugitives: It is Time for President Obama to Extradite Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín to Bolivia
The massacres that devastated the families of Bolivia’s highlands ten years ago this month must not be forgotten.

Time to Abandon Coca Fumigation in Colombia

Peace talks with guerrillas may make possible a long-overdue end to a bad policy
Fumigation has contributed only modestly to reduced coca growing: while the coca plots were disappearing since 2007, the use of fumigation was also dropping. The program, meanwhile, has proved costly to other conflict stabilization and governance goals.

Conflict and Displacement Along Colombia's Pacific Coast

Africa Now Radio Interviews Three Catholic Afro-Colombian Leaders
In this episode of Africa Now, host Mwiza Munthali interviews three Catholic leaders from Colombia's Pacific coast who were in Washington, DC, as part of a WOLA delegation.

Afro-Colombian Leaders Targeted for Defending Human Rights

On the same day the U.S. Department of State certified Colombia as meeting its requirements to protect human rights defenders, Afro-Colombian leader Diego Balanta was attacked in Cali, Colombia.

Latin American Leaders Bring Drug Policy Debate to the United Nations

Latin American leaders called for meaningful drug policy reform at this year's United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Is the Cuban Government Being More Tolerant of Internal Critics?

Cubans have long been careful about what they say and where they say it. However, recent events suggest that Cubans might feel freer to speak out than they have in the past.