Analysis & Commentary

Strengthening Multilateral Defense of Human Rights in the Americas

At this year's Summit of the Americas, member countries should work for a resolution to the political crisis in Venezuela alongside an end to U.S. sanctions on the country.

Why it Makes Sense to Remove Cuba from the ‘State Sponsors of Terror’ List

Cuba's pending removal from the list is both a necessary step towards opening a U.S. embassy in Havana as well as President Obama’s deeper process of updating U.S. policy towards Cuba for the 21st century.

Mexican Government Releases New Figures Showing Sharp Increase in Deportations

Mexico deported 3,289 minors in January and February of this year, a 105 percent increase from January and February of 2014, when the government deported 1,605 children.

The UN Analyzes the Human Rights Impact of Drug Policies Ahead of Global Summit

The involvement of the UN Human Rights Council in the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in 2016 is a major achievement.

What Can We Expect to Come From U.S.-Cuba Human Rights Dialogue?

Tuesday's meeting between U.S. and Cuban officials to discuss human rights may not produce immediate results, but it is undoubtedly the start of what will be a lengthy process that will require genuine two-way dialogue.

Can Glyphosate Cause Cancer? A Nail in the Coffin of Coca Fumigation

Herbicide Used in Controversial Aerial Spraying Program Likely Causes Cancer
New findings linking glyphosate and cancer have serious implications for aerial spraying of coca crops in Colombia.

Mexico’s Southern Border Plan: More Deportations and Widespread Human Rights Violations

Mexico’s Southern Border Plan was announced in July 2014 and has coincided with a sharp increase in deportations from Mexico.

4 Ways to Promote Development and Reduce the Cultivation of Prohibited Plants

WOLA, colleagues present on alternative development at the UN
WOLA's Coletta Youngers joined civil society colleagues at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna to present alternatives to failed drug policies.