Analysis & Commentary

Major Colombian Union Suffers Bombing

Colombian Government must Investigate
The headquarters of SINTRAEMCALI were attacked on April 16; the Colombian government must investigate.

Three Years of Non-Compliance with the Obama-Santos Colombia Labor Action Plan

Widespread Labor Rights Violations Continue Years after Landmark Agreement
According to a new report from the Colombia National Labor School and a declaration from leading unions and NGOs, labor rights violations continue in Colombia.

USAID’s Cuban Twitter: “Democracy Promotion” Does More Harm than Good

In Cuba, the United States Should Do Less in Order to Accomplish More
A USAID program reportedly built a cell phone messaging platform in an elaborate attempt to inspire social unrest in Cuba.

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.