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WOLA's 2014 Human Rights Awards

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On November 12, WOLA honored Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala, and Congressman George Miller with its 2014 Human Rights Award. Click here to watch video of their acceptance speeches.

This Report on Colombia's Lessons Has a Lot of Problems

A U.S. military school's report draws dangerous conclusions from inaccurate facts
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA finds numerous inaccuracies in a report from the Joint Special Operations University about the U.S. experience in Colombia. An attached PDF highlights problems with the report, which attacks human rights defenders and issues dangerous recommendations for U.S. military engagement worldwide.

WOLA’s 2014 Human Rights Awards

WOLA honored Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala and U.S. Congressman George Miller
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On November 12, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) presented its prestigious Human Rights Awards by honoring two distinguished leaders who have shown a dedication to advancing human rights in the Americas: Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala and U.S. Congressman George Miller.

WOLA/LAWG Statement on Meeting with Colombian National Protection Unit Director

Analysis & Commentary
Following their meeting with Colombia's National Protection Unit, WOLA and the Latin America Working Group issued the following statement on the challenges facing the state entity.

Murder of Indigenous Leaders by FARC Highlights Need for Better Protection

WOLA condemns violence, calls for respect for indigenous territorial autonomy
Analysis & Commentary
A recent attack by the FARC underlines the need for the guerrilla group to respect international law as the peace process progresses.

Creating Peace on the Ground in Two of Colombia’s Conflict Hot Spots: Chocó and Buenaventura

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In this taped event on human rights in Colombia, leading human rights defenders share on-the-ground information on the Colombian conflict and identify ways the international community can support peace.

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.