Analysis & Commentary

Open letter to Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas

Fourth Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security in the Americas (MISPA IV)
In this letter, human rights organizations from throughout the hemisphere call for drug law reform on the eve of the Fourth Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Security (MISPA).

Colombia Peace Process Update

A progress report on the dialogues
A progress report on the dialogues taking place in Havana between Colombia's government and the FARC guerrillas. Main issues: an agreement on political participation, concerns about transitional justice, the upcoming political campaign, drug policy, U.S. policy, and victims.

Venezuela Q&A: What is Maduro's "War against Speculation"?

WOLA's Smilde answers questions on the Venezuelan president's new "war on speculation" and what it means for the country.

A Refreshing Change in Rhetoric: President Obama Proposes “Updating” Cuba Policy

As innocuous and reasonable as they may sound to the casual observer, the President's words represent a significant break from the harsh Cold War rhetoric that has dominated U.S.-Cuba policy for decades.

Promoting Peace, Labor Rights, and Social Inclusion in Colombia

WOLA November Colombia Update
Over the past several months, WOLA has worked with policymakers in DC and grassroots organizations in Colombia to ensure U.S. and Colombian laws protect human rights and promote social justice.

Twelve Members of Congress Call on Colombia to Respect Land Rights

Letter Expresses Concern over Paramilitary Activity Amid Land Restitution in Curavaradó River Basin
The land restitution process in Curvaradó is a bellwether for peace in Colombia; its failure must be averted, according to a Congressional letter.

Rep. Ellison to Colombian Labor Minister: Where is the Progress on Illegal Subcontracting?

In a letter to Rafael Pardo, the Colombian Minister of Labor, U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison expresses his concern over labor rights violations in Colombia.

What does it mean to have a human rights-oriented drug policy?

The war on drugs has failed; what are the alternative policies that can take its place?