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Labor Rights Violations Continue in Colombia as Officials Declare “Victory”

WOLA letter highlights continued abuses, need for continued monitoring
Analysis & Commentary
Contrary to government statements, serious labor rights violations continue in Colombia.

Wave of Threats Hit Colombian Human Rights Defenders

Month dubbed "Black September" for spike in death threats
Analysis & Commentary
In what has been dubbed “Black September,” over 150 death threats have been issued in the month of September against Colombian human rights defenders, journalists, and labor leaders.

Addressing Economic Marginalization of Ethnic Minorities as Colombia Transitions from Conflict to Peace

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Aid programs are working in Colombia; how can they be leveraged to support an eventual peace accord?

U.S. Organizations Support Broad Inclusion of Victims’ Voices into Colombian Peace Process and Urge Protection for Victims and Defenders

Analysis & Commentary
Eight human rights organizations issued a statement expressing concern over recent threats against human rights defenders in Colombia.

Colombian Human Rights Defenders Receive Barrage of Threats, attacks as Protection Funds Dwindle

Analysis & Commentary
Over the past month, over 100 Colombian human rights defenders have received threats and attacks for their work.

Promoting Peace in Colombia Through Hip-Hop

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In this taped event, the Colombian hip-hop group Explosion Negra presents on how they use music to involve Afro-Colombian youth and combat racism and violence in their communities.

ACSN Statement on Murder of Colombian Journalist

Effectiveness of Government’s Protection Unit Called into Question
Analysis & Commentary
After the murder of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Cervantes, the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network questions how effective the government's protection program really is.

Colombia's Victims Offer Proposals for Peace

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In this set of interviews, three victims of Colombia's conflict share their perspectives on the peace process and proposals to create a lasting, inclusive peace.

Peace Proposals from Victims of Colombia's Armed Conflict

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Colombia is in the midst of a historic peace process to end half a century of conflict. In this taped event, victims of Colombia's armed conflict share their proposals for a lasting peace and what they hope to see in an eventual accord. The event was hosted at the United States Institute of Peace with the Latin America Working Group.

Is the International Community Ready for Post-Conflict Colombia?

Report-back on a research visit to Bogotá: the answer is "no, not yet"
Analysis & Commentary
In perhaps a year, donor countries, UN agencies, and multilateral bodies will be compelled to shift gears, increasing and reorienting their aid packages for Colombia. Are they ready to do that? Is the Colombian government helping them to prepare? What will the most urgent needs be?

Video: Transitional Justice in Colombia

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As Colombia continues its historic peace process, what lessons can it learn from other transitional justice processes in Latin America? Tune in here on July 7 at 12 p.m. ET for an in-depth discussion with WOLA transitional justice expert Jo-Marie Burt.

Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas

WOLA Experts Contribute to NACLA Summer 2014 Issue
Analysis & Commentary
In this summer issue of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), WOLA experts John Walsh and Coletta Youngers offer analysis on cannabis regulation and the turning point in the reform debate.

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2014 Quito

Analysis & Commentary
In this WOLA-TNI informal drug policy dialogue, civil society and government representatives discussed reform efforts throughout the region.

June Human and Labor Rights Update in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In a June letter to policymakers, WOLA highlighted the latest human and labor rights violations in Colombia.

Will the U.S. let Colombia End Its Civil War?

After half a century, Colombia may put an end to its conflict—if the U.S. will allow it.
Analysis & Commentary
With a new agreement on drug policy, Colombian government and FARC negotiators appear closer than ever to a peace accord. But will the U.S. allow it?

New Study Evaluates State Responses to Drug Consumption in the Americas

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A new study by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD) finds that drug users continue to be dealt with in the criminal justice system.

Wednesday, May 21: New Study to be Launched on State Responses to Drug Consumption in Latin America

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The study will combine new research from eight Latin American countries.

May Afro-Colombian Update

In Letter to Policymakers, WOLA Highlights Continued Abuses
Analysis & Commentary
Despite the promise of a peace accord, the current situation for Afro-Colombians remains dire, as WOLA outlines in a May 2014 letter to policymakers.

May Colombia Labor Rights Update

Analysis & Commentary
In an letter to policymakers, WOLA offers an update on the labor rights situation in Colombia

Colombia Takes a Major Step Toward Ending 50 Years of Conflict

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA celebrates today’s announcement in Havana that the Colombian government and the FARC have reached agreement on illicit drug cultivation and trafficking, the third of five substantive agenda points in their negotiations to end Colombia’s internal armed conflict.