Analysis & Commentary

Concerns about Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico

The undersigned organisations are deeply concerned by recent developments that have taken place regarding the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and Journalists in Mexico.

WOLA Experts Visited Chocó, Colombia: Blogs from the Field

Adam Isacson's posts about conflict, displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy - and the region's vibrant civil society
WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson's posts and photos from the road during a March 2014 trip to Chocó, in northwestern Colombia. Topics include the conflict's impact on Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, forced displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy – and the need to defend and work with the region's vibrant civil society.

WOLA's 2013 Human Rights Awards Gala in 'Washington Life Magazine'

The February 2014 issue of 'Washington Life Magazine' highlights WOLA's 2013 Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala.

Bullets from Brazil: Growing Military Industrialism in Latin America

Latin America has developed a substantial indigenous defense industry able to market its products beyond the Western Hemisphere and across the globe. This has raised a number of issues about who the end users of the weapons are, the impact of the weapons on regional stability, and their potential for abuse.

Key Human Rights Appointment Presents a Test for the Mexican Government

If the Mexican government is serious about protecting human rights defenders and journalists, it should name someone highly qualified to direct the Human Rights Unit.

Multimedia Package: Five Ways to Stop Unsafe Deportations

Nearly two million people have been deported from the United States since 2009. Most of these migrants are Mexicans, and certain deportation practices put them at risk of being kidnapped, extorted, and even killed by drug cartels operating along the border. Here are five ways that the Obama administration can stop unsafe deportations.

Statement by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern on the Recent Election in El Salvador

Commends Supreme Electoral Council for carrying out peaceful, free, and fair elections
On Friday, March 14, U.S. Representative Jim McGovern made a public statement on the presidential election process in El Salvador, commending the Supreme Electoral Council (TSE) for carrying out peaceful, free, and fair elections.