Analysis & Commentary

Bolivia is not a Narco-state

While it continues to struggle with drug trafficking, Bolivia has made large steps reducing coca cultivation and cocaine production in recent years.

U.S. Government Should Recognize That Cuba is Not a State Sponsor of Terrorism

Cuba Helps Release U.S. Hostage in Colombia
The U.S. government, which keeps Cuba on a list of alleged State Sponsors of Terrorism, has thanked Cuba for its assistance in securing the release of a U.S. citizen in Colombia.

Slow justice for Peru's disappeared

In an unprecedented move, an active duty general was found guilty of the enforced disappearance of a school principal.

The Human Rights Landscape in Colombia: Adam Isacson's testimony before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Testimony of Adam Isacson before the House of Representatives' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Colombia is negotiating to end a conflict that has killed 220,000 people in the past 55 years. Adam Isacson, WOLA senior associate for regional security policy, gives a 360-degree overview of the conflict, the negotiations, security challenges, and human rights, in testimony before the House of Representatives' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

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.