After years of a persistent lack of accountability for corruption in government, thousands of Guatemalans are taking a stand. The streets of cities around the country have been flooded in a “paro nacional,” or general strike.
When tens of thousands of people took to the streets earlier this year, the message was unmistakable: Guatemalans are sick of corruption and the lack of accountability for those in power, and ready for a change from politics as usual.
With WOLA's support, from October 1 to October 6, Congressman Hank Johnson led a delegation with the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU) to the Colombia. Following the visit, the observations and recommendations of the CBTU were outlined in the following report.
Since being forcibly displaced from their territory in November of 2014, the Wounaan indigenous community has been sheltered at El Cristal sports complex in Buenaventura with little government attention and aide. WOLA visited the community after receiving information of their situation.
Uruguayan authorities have laid out plans for the biggest step yet in the country’s efforts to regulate all levels of the cannabis market: cultivation for commercial sales. Two companies have been selected to grow cannabis for sale in pharmacies, and that the first commercial offerings will likely be available in mid-year 2016.