All Content: Colombia

The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights

The Experience in the Americas
Publication
This joint report analyzes the effects of drug policy in the Americas, including the militarization of law enforcement, the criminalization of consumption, the weakening of due process guarantees, mass incarceration, disproportionate penalties, and restrictions on access to health care.

Building on Progress

Bolivia Consolidates Achievements in Reducing Coca and Looks to Reform Decades-old Drug Law
Publication
For the fourth consecutive year, Bolivia has reduced its coca cultivation without resorting to harmful forced eradication programs.

65 Members of Congress Support Colombian Peace Process, Victims

Analysis & Commentary
Two new high-profile letters of support for the Colombian peace process showcase the deep commitment to peace in Colombia shared by a number of U.S. members of Congress.

Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War

Portraits from Prison Tell Stories of Women in the Drug War
Analysis & Commentary
Across the Americas, repressive drug policies make easy targets of small-scale dealers and people who use drugs, while doing little to thwart large-scale traffickers or organized crime.

Oil Palm Expansion and Land Accumulation in Mapiripán, Meta Colombia

Video
On July 28, guests from the Colombian NGO Justicia y Paz spoke at WOLA about the impact of oil palm expansion in rural Colombia.

How Both Sides See the Recent Ups and Downs of Colombia's Peace Process

Analysis & Commentary
The last seven months have seen the pendulum of Colombia’s peace process swing back and forth rather wildly. For the months ahead, it’s worth looking at the volatile swings of 2015 from both sides’ on-the-record perspectives.

WOLA: Defending Workers’ Rights in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In addition to supporting broader human rights in Colombia, WOLA works to ensure that union activists in the country do not face violence for their work. In recent years, this has meant monitoring the implementation of the Colombian Labor Action Plan (LAP).

For a Lasting Peace, Afro-Colombians Need a Seat at the Table

Analysis & Commentary
After more than two years of negotiations between Colombia’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s peace process can be strengthened by finding ways to engage a broader set of civil society stakeholders: Afro-Colombians.

What does it mean to have a human rights-oriented drug policy?

Analysis & Commentary
The war on drugs has failed; what are the alternative policies that can take its place?

Colombia's Peace Process: Some Frequently Asked Questions

Explanations of key issues at a difficult moment in the FARC-government peace talks
Analysis & Commentary
For over 25 years, the Washington Office on Latin America has closely tracked Colombia's armed conflict and efforts to end it. Here is our assessment of the current moment.

What Colombia's 'Truth Commission' Can, and Can't, Do

Analysis & Commentary
Senior Associate for Regional Security Adam Isacon explains the mandate of the recently-established truth commission in Colombia, as the country's peace talks face a fragile moment.

With Colombia's Conflict Escalating, What's Next for Peace Talks?

Analysis & Commentary
Colombia’s peace process with the FARC continues to wobble from the blow dealt by an April 15 guerrilla attack. Is there any way for the government and guerrillas to move peace talks forward?

Women Across the Americas Incarcerated for Minor, Non-Violent, Drug-Related Crimes at an Alarming Rate

Photo Essay and Website Shed New Light on the Societal Cost of Failed Policies
News
Today, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), and the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) announce the launch of a new investigative website and photo essay to shed light on the human and societal cost of current drug policies in the Americas.

Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas

A Joint Project to Promote More Humane and Effective Policies
Analysis & Commentary
In collaboration with gender and human rights organizations from throughout the world, IDPC, Dejusticia and WOLA have convened a group of leading experts to address the harmful effects of incarceration on women in the Americas.

Ending Coca Fumigation in Colombia is the Right Call

Can Colombia Now Seize the Opportunity to Create a More Humane and Sustainable Approach to Reducing Coca Cultivation?
Analysis & Commentary
As the decades-long program of spraying coca crops with herbicides comes to an end, WOLA reflects on the history of flawed policy and what should replace it.

Interview with Adam Isacson on the End of Aerial Spraying in Colombia

Video
WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson explains the history of Colombia's deeply flawed program of aerial spraying program coca crops, and offers a panorama of what the future could hold.

Civil Society Organizations Call for an End to Inhumane and Environmentally Damaging Aerial Spraying Program in Colombia

News
WOLA joins with 26 other civil society organizations from the United States, Colombia and Latin America in support of an end to the inhumane and damaging aerial spraying program in Colombia.

WHO Findings on Glyphosate’s Carcinogenicity Should Be Enough To Halt Colombia’s Controversial U.S.-Backed Coca-Spraying Program

News
The Washington Office on Latin America is proud to join with Food & Water Watch in calling for an end to the U.S.-backed fumigation program in Colombia.

Afro-Colombian Leader in Cauca Speaks Out: ‘This Situation That Eats Away at Me’

Analysis & Commentary
Afro-Colombian leader, Francia Márquez Mina speaks out on the current situation her community faces.