Analysis & Commentary

Murder of Indigenous Leaders by FARC Highlights Need for Better Protection

WOLA condemns violence, calls for respect for indigenous territorial autonomy
A recent attack by the FARC underlines the need for the guerrilla group to respect international law as the peace process progresses.

Mexicans Now the Minority of Migrant Apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico Border

This year, for the first time ever, Mexican citizens made up less than half of the migrants whom U.S. Border Patrol apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Labor Rights Violations Continue in Colombia as Officials Declare “Victory”

WOLA letter highlights continued abuses, need for continued monitoring
Contrary to government statements, serious labor rights violations continue in Colombia.

Wave of Threats Hit Colombian Human Rights Defenders

Month dubbed "Black September" for spike in death threats
In what has been dubbed “Black September,” over 150 death threats have been issued in the month of September against Colombian human rights defenders, journalists, and labor leaders.

U.S.-Cuba Policy: No Longer a Third Rail in South Florida Politics

For years, Cuba policy has been the third rail of South Florida politics. But recent events demonstrate that far from being a political death sentence, supporting travel to Cuba may in fact be politically advantageous.

The Prisoners of Guantanamo: Politicized Human Rights

The proposal to receive various Guantanamo detainees who have been cleared for release has become the central issue in Uruguay’s electoral race, politicizing an issue that deserves to be treated as a humanitarian crisis.

New Developments along Mexico’s Southern Border

Mexico’s Government Deploys Additional Forces and Requests Funds for Southern Border Program
WOLA and Fundar provide an analysis of Mexico's stepped-up migration enforcement strategy at its southern border.

Police Militarization: Similarities Between Ferguson and Brazil

Recent “tipping point” events in Missouri and Brazil shed light on racist police practices and the militarization of police forces in both the United States and Brazil.