All Content: Bolivia

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Holds First Ever Hearing on Drug Policy

News
On March 25, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held its first ever hearing to analyze the impact of current drug policy on human rights.

Histórica audiencia sobre políticas de drogas en la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH)

Audiencia será llevada a cabo el martes 25 de marzo a las 2 p.m. EST
News
Por primera vez, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) llevará a cabo una audiencia sobre daños causados por las políticas de drogas.

Shifts in Cultivation, Usage Put Bolivia’s Coca Policy at the Crossroads

Analysis & Commentary
In a briefing in the World Politics Review, WOLA's Coletta Youngers explains how Bolivia's innovative drug policy has placed the government in complex political waters, balancing the demands of coca growers while still reducing coca produced for illicit markets.

Washingtonian Magazine Names WOLA as One of DC's "50 Great Places to Work"

Analysis & Commentary
In the non-profit sector today, having good intentions simply isn’t enough. Organizations must be well-managed to be effective. We believe that promoting human rights and social justice in Latin America is of critical importance, and we work hard to ensure that WOLA is sustainably and efficiently run in order to have the greatest impact possible.

Bolivia is not a Narco-state

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

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
Analysis & Commentary
The massacres that devastated the families of Bolivia’s highlands ten years ago this month must not be forgotten.

Bolivia: Processes of Change

Video
In this taped event, John Crabtree presents his new book, Bolivia: Processes of Change, which explores the achievements and limitations of Morales’ MAS administration.

From Conflict to Collaboration

An Innovative Approach to Reducing Coca Cultivation in Bolivia
Publication
In this article in Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta A. Youngers and Andean Information Network Director Kathryn Ledebur explore Bolivia's unique--and successful--approach to drug policy.

Bolivia Officially Returns as a Party to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs

Analysis & Commentary
On February 10, Bolivia officially rejoined the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs with a reservation allowing for the traditional use of the coca leaf. This long overdue move is a significant step toward correcting a historic wrong.

Bolivia Wins a Rightful Victory on the Coca Leaf

Creates a Positive Example for Modernizing the UN Drug Conventions
Analysis & Commentary
Bolivia has rejoined the leading international drug convention with an explicit exception allowing for the traditional use of the coca leaf. This marks a major step in bringing the UN drug conventions in line with cultural and political realities.

Bolivia Wins a Rightful Victory on the Coca Leaf

Creates a Positive Example for Modernizing the UN Drug Conventions
News
Bolivia has rejoined the leading international drug convention with an explicit exception allowing for the traditional use of the coca leaf. This marks a major step in bringing the UN drug conventions in line with cultural and political realities.

Has Bolivia's coca-growing scheme worked?

Video
Bolivia's social control model of drug policy is showing positive results, WOLA Senior Associate John Walsh explained on Al Jazeera's Inside Story.

Bolivian Drug Control Efforts: Genuine Progress, Daunting Challenges

Publication
Drawing from on-the-ground research and years of experience, WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers and Kathryn Ledebur of the Andean Information Network analyze Bolivian efforts to combat drug trafficking while still respecting and protecting traditional uses of the coca leaf.

Nuevo Estudio: América Latina castiga a ofensores de drogas más que a asesinos o violadores

News
En América Latina es más grave contrabandear marihuana con el fin de venderla a quien quiere consumirla, que violar a una mujer o matar voluntariamente al vecino.

Washington in Wonderland: United States Slams Bolivian Drug Control Efforts Lauded by UN

Analysis & Commentary
In blatant contradiction to the facts on the ground, the White House has given Bolivia a failing grade for its drug control efforts. Washington's projection that Bolivian cocaine production has increased while its coca cultivation has decreased is deeply flawed and evidence of its hyper-politicized drug policy.

UN and U.S. Estimates for Cocaine Production Contradict Each Other

UN numbers suggest an increase in land under coca cultivation in Colombia, while "mysterious" U.S. numbers suggest a decrease
Analysis & Commentary
Are Colombian traffickers really getting less than half as much cocaine from coca grown in their country, as U.S. (but not UN) estimates indicate? With no transparency at all over how these tonnage estimates are derived, the U.S. cocaine-production numbers are wide open to charges of politicization

The Human Cost of the Drug War

Drugs and Prisons in Latin America
Publication
The people in the videos are featured because they represent the rarely revealed human side of the war on drugs.

Summit of the Americas: WOLA Resources

News
WOLA is pleased to provide these resources about the upcoming Summit of the Americas.