All Content: Colombia

Women, Drug Policies and Incarceration

Video
In this presentation at the OAS, human rights and legal experts present a new guide for policymakers designed to reduce the mass incarceration of women in Latin America.

The Many Lessons of Plan Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
Although Plan Colombia's strategy has achieved important advances, it’s still not time to declare “mission accomplished.” In a post-conflict scenario, it is vital to develop state institutions in Colombia's rural areas and a new plan, with generous support from international donors, is needed.

President Obama to Request New Aid to Colombia

Announcement Expected During Colombian President Santos’ Visit
News
President Obama is expected to ask Congress for an expanded aid package to Colombia, but new aid to the country must be used to address Colombia’s biggest post-conflict challenges.

Questions for President Obama and Colombian President Santos Ahead of Washington Visit

News
Ahead of a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and U.S. President Barack Obama, WOLA and LAWGEF have prepared the following list of questions for members of the press to consider asking both presidents.

Women Behind Bars: Photo Essays Show The Human Cost of Current Drug Policies in the Americas

Analysis & Commentary
Across Latin America, the effects of disproportionate punishment for low-level, non-violent drug offenses are particularly severe for women. The following women were convicted and imprisoned for drug offenses in Colombia and Costa Rica. These are their stories.

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.

The Societal Cost of Locking Up Women for Low-Level Drug Offenses

News
A working group of human rights experts, legal specialists, and government officials throughout Latin America has published a policy roadmap for the region to reduce the unjust levels of women’s incarceration for drug offenses.

Correcting Plan Colombia: 5 Ways the United States Can Support a Lasting Peace in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
The 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia provides an excellent opportunity for the U.S. government to learn from the mistakes of the aid package, and ensure that future aid and diplomacy truly contributes to a lasting peace.

Interactive Data Presentation: Explore Plan Colombia's Legacy

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA has prepared an interactive data presentation showcasing the lessons of Plan Colombia, and outlining the challenges ahead of a post-conflict Colombia.

Producers of Prohibited Plants Convene in Holland

News
Around 60 producers of coca, poppy and cannabis from 15 different countries and their representatives are expected to convene in The Netherlands this week to raise awareness of the poverty and conflict caused by the global war on drugs.

Women Are Key to Making Peace Last in War-Torn Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
War-torn Colombia represents the perfect opportunity to integrate a gender-based perspective on peacebuilding, and the effort has succeeded so far in transformative ways.

Colombia Set to Promote Military Officers Linked to ‘False Positives’ Scandal, Other Abuses

News
In a letter to Colombia's Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Villegas, WOLA emphasized its concerns over the recommendation to promote seven officers to the rank of general who are either under investigation, awaiting trial, or facing allegations that they oversaw appalling human rights violations.

Recommendations to the United States to Support the Consolidation of Peace in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
Lisa Haugaard, Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), in consultation with Peace Brigades International and Colombian human rights & victims organizations developed this recommendations to the United States to support the consolidation of peace in Colombia.

Colombian Activists Face Alarming Security Crisis

United States Must Act to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Activists
News
An alarming number of human rights defenders have been killed this year in Colombia. WOLA urges U.S. policymakers to use the human rights conditions on military aid to Colombia to protect their lives.

Congressman Sam Farr’s Latin America on the Rise Congressional Briefing Series

Envisioning Peace in Colombia
Analysis & Commentary
The following presentation was prepared by Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli, Senior Associate for the Andes, for Congressman Sam Farr's Latin America on the Rise Congressional Briefing Series.

Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: A Discussion of the Policy Debate that Led to Plan Colombia

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Join us for a conversation with Professor Winifred Tate as she examines the U.S. policymaking process in the design, implementation, and assessment of the Plan Colombia aid package in her newly released book "Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats."

Increasing Incarceration for Drug Offenses in Latin America

Discourse vs. Reality
Analysis & Commentary
According to new research, incarceration for low-level drug offenses in increasing throughout Latin America.

Latin America’s Crackdown on Drugs Defies Its Progressive Rhetoric

Analysis & Commentary
Support for excessively harsh drug laws stems from very real concerns in Latin America that drug markets generate instability and violence. However, data from previous CEDD research shows that the incarcerated are mainly low-level drug offenders, whose arrests have little or no impact on the drug trade, as they are the easiest to replace.

New Studies Reveal Increase in Incarceration for Drug Offenses in the Americas

News
Despite the current debate in Latin America on the need to rethink drug policy, mass incarceration for nonviolent drug offenses has increased across the region.

Watch: The 10th Annual WOLA Human Rights Awards

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On October 28, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) awarded its prestigious Human Rights Awards for 2015 to two recipients who have shown unwavering dedication to advancing human rights in the Americas.