Analysis & Commentary

5 Reasons Why Halting Bombing Raids Makes Sense for Colombia's Peace Process

WOLA Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy Adam Isacson weighs in on Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' historic suspension of aerial bombing raids against FARC rebels.

New U.S. Program Fails to Protect Detained Mexican Migrant Kids

WOLA is concerned that authorities aren't doing all they can to protect kids questioned about criminal networks
WOLA has raised concerns over a new Border Patrol program that holds Mexican migrant children for months without charge, often using them as informants against cartels and smuggling organizations. When sent back, these kids are not properly protected from violent retribution.

WOLA Joins Group Lawsuit Against NSA's Surveillance Techniques

NSA's surveillance inhibits civil society and contributes to a broader environment of self-censorship
WOLA is proud to join with other organizations in condemning the National Security Agency’s (NSA) use of data collection techniques which inhibit civil society and contribute to an environment of self-censorship.

Group of Technical Experts Arrive in Mexico to Investigate Case of Disappeared Students

Experts' Recommendations Could Lead to Broader Changes in the Country
The Group is tasked with reviewing and investigating the Ayotzinapa case, but its work could have broader implications for changing how Mexico handles other cases of disappearances.

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.