Analysis & Commentary

Amnesty under Fire in El Salvador: Legal Challenges and Political Implications

Since the end of the Salvadoran civil war in 1992, victims of human rights abuses have chafed at the country’s Amnesty Law. However, recent developments suggest that the tide is turning against the amnesty and its supporters.

International Declaration on tenth anniversary of Black October

Ten Years of Protecting International Fugitives: It is Time for President Obama to Extradite Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín to Bolivia
The massacres that devastated the families of Bolivia’s highlands ten years ago this month must not be forgotten.

Time to Abandon Coca Fumigation in Colombia

Peace talks with guerrillas may make possible a long-overdue end to a bad policy
Fumigation has contributed only modestly to reduced coca growing: while the coca plots were disappearing since 2007, the use of fumigation was also dropping. The program, meanwhile, has proved costly to other conflict stabilization and governance goals.

Conflict and Displacement Along Colombia's Pacific Coast

Africa Now Radio Interviews Three Catholic Afro-Colombian Leaders
In this episode of Africa Now, host Mwiza Munthali interviews three Catholic leaders from Colombia's Pacific coast who were in Washington, DC, as part of a WOLA delegation.

Afro-Colombian Leaders Targeted for Defending Human Rights

On the same day the U.S. Department of State certified Colombia as meeting its requirements to protect human rights defenders, Afro-Colombian leader Diego Balanta was attacked in Cali, Colombia.

Latin American Leaders Bring Drug Policy Debate to the United Nations

Latin American leaders called for meaningful drug policy reform at this year's United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Is the Cuban Government Being More Tolerant of Internal Critics?

Cubans have long been careful about what they say and where they say it. However, recent events suggest that Cubans might feel freer to speak out than they have in the past.

What President Obama can do about Gun Violence

The tragedy at the Navy Yard underscores yet again that we all have to do everything we can to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands. Enforcing the import ban is one more thing that President Obama can do.