All Content: Colombia

Presentation on Land Restitution, Displacement, and WOLA's Visit to the Choco

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate offers a panorama of the dire situation facing Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities along Colombia's Pacific Coast.

Major Colombian Union Suffers Bombing

Colombian Government must Investigate
Analysis & Commentary
The headquarters of SINTRAEMCALI were attacked on April 16; the Colombian government must investigate.

Ending 50 Years of Conflict in Colombia: A New Report from WOLA

The Challenges Ahead and the U.S. Role
Publication
As the likelihood of an accord increases, the United States--which provided billions for Colombia's war effort--must prepare to help consolidate peace.

As Possibility for Peace Grows in Colombia, a New WOLA Report Analyzes the Challenges Ahead

The U.S. has an important role to play and should start planning now to help Colombia consolidate peace
News
It looks ever more likely that sometime in the next year, Colombia may reach a landmark peace accord promising to end 50 years of armed conflict. As this likelihood increases, the United States—which provided billions for Colombia’s war effort—must now prepare to help Colombia consolidate peace.

Three Years of Non-Compliance with the Obama-Santos Colombia Labor Action Plan

Widespread Labor Rights Violations Continue Years after Landmark Agreement
Analysis & Commentary
According to a new report from the Colombia National Labor School and a declaration from leading unions and NGOs, labor rights violations continue in Colombia.

WOLA Experts Visited Chocó, Colombia: Blogs from the Field

Adam Isacson's posts about conflict, displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy - and the region's vibrant civil society
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson's posts and photos from the road during a March 2014 trip to Chocó, in northwestern Colombia. Topics include the conflict's impact on Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, forced displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy – and the need to defend and work with the region's vibrant civil society.

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.

Bullets from Brazil: Growing Military Industrialism in Latin America

Analysis & Commentary
Latin America has developed a substantial indigenous defense industry able to market its products beyond the Western Hemisphere and across the globe. This has raised a number of issues about who the end users of the weapons are, the impact of the weapons on regional stability, and their potential for abuse.

Colombia, the United States, and Security Cooperation by Proxy

An emerging security cooperation model: Colombia is training third countries with U.S. funds
Publication
Colombia is increasingly training third countries' militaries and police forces, often with U.S. funds. This trend raises concerns about transparency, human rights, civilian control, and replication of a highly questioned "drug war model." This report presents new information about this growing practice.

The Colombian Peace Process: A Northern Ireland Perspective

Video
In this taped event, trade unionists and legislators involved in the Northern Ireland peace process share their experiences and lessons learned, applying them to the current process in Colombia.

DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs Honors WOLA's Gimena Sánchez

Analysis & Commentary
On February 19, 2014, the DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs honored WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli for her tireless work to promote the human rights of Afro-Descendent communities in Colombia.

WOLA and Duke University Present the 2013 Human Rights Book Award to Jonathan M. Katz

Reading and discussion of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster
News
On Wednesday, March 12, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University will present the 2013 WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award to Jonathan M. Katz for his critically acclaimed novel, "The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster."

Colombian Trade Unionists Highlight Criminalization of Social Protest, Labor Rights Violations

Video
In this taped event, leaders of the USO oil union outline how the Colombian government has systematically denied their right to freedom of association, social protest, and collective bargaining--despite commitments to secure improvements.

International Groups Support March to End Violence in Buenaventura

Groups Stand in Solidarity with Victims' March, Call for End to Violence in Colombian Port City
Analysis & Commentary
Shockingly high levels of violence continue to plague Colombia's port city of Buenaventura. In this statement, international groups call for government action to protection the local population.

Colombia and the U.S. Must Prioritize Protection of Afro-Colombians

Letter Calls Attention to Security Crisis
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter signed by U.S. and international organizations and individuals, groups call for the protection of Afro-Colombian activists at risk.

Afro-Colombians Targeted for Standing Up for Their Rights

WOLA Briefs Congressional Black Caucus on Dire Situation
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Congressional Black Caucus aides, WOLA identifies dangerous trend of attacks against afrodescendant leaders and calls for action.

U.S. Congress Expresses Concern over Anti-Union Violence in Colombia

Letter to Colombian Attorney General Demands Protection for Union Leaders
Analysis & Commentary
In a January 27, 2014, letter to Colombian Attorney General Luis Eduardo Montealegre, Congressmen Miller, Levin, and McGovern expressed their concern over continued threats and attacks against trade unionists in Colombia.