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Deteriorating Security Situation for Unionists in Valle del Cauca

Analysis & Commentary
U.S. and Colombian officials must take action in the wake of continued threats and attacks against human and labor rights defenders in Colombia.

What Does the New U.S. Special Envoy Mean for Colombia's Peace Process?

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy Adam Isacson weighs in on the political implications of the U.S. government's new special envoy for the Colombian peace process, Bernie Aronson.

Can Washington Still Dictate Drug Policy in the Americas?

Analysis & Commentary
In an article for NACLA, WOLA's Coletta Youngers and Adam Schaffer analyze how while the drug war has continued in Latin America, the momentum in favor of reform is building in unexpected places.

New Threats against Afro-Colombian Communities, Human and Labor Rights Groups Raise Concern

In a note to policymakers, WOLA documents new human and labor rights violations
Analysis & Commentary
U.S. officials must take action in the wake of continued threats against human and labor rights defenders in Colombia.

Álvaro Uribe Addresses WOLA’s 5 Questions on the Colombian Peace Process

In his recent Washington visit, former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe addressed —but failed to fully respond to— WOLA’s five questions about his opposition to the Colombian peace process.
Analysis & Commentary

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2014: Santa Marta

Analysis & Commentary
At the 11th Informal Drug Policy Dialogue, civil society experts and government officials came together to discuss preparations for the UNGASS in 2016.

5 Questions Ahead of Uribe's Possible Washington Visit

Colombian media have reported that former president and peace process critic Alvaro Uribe may be coming to Washington. Here are five questions for the occasion:
Analysis & Commentary
Colombia's former president is the most vocal critic of peace talks with guerrillas, and he plans to bring that message to Washington. Should he do so, now-Senator Uribe should be prepared to answer some tough questions about his positions and his tactics. Here are some suggestions.

Letter to U.S. policymakers highlights violence against Colombia labor, human rights defenders

U.S. government must take action to protect the lives of prominent Colombian defenders
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to U.S. policymakers, WOLA describes recent threats and attacks against human and labor rights defenders, and outlines key steps that must be taken to protect their safety.

Colombia’s Military: Supporters or Saboteurs of the Peace Process?

Analysis & Commentary
The Colombian military generally presents a united front in supporting the government's ongoing peace talks with FARC rebels, but there are signs of serious dissent within the officer corp. WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson takes a closer look.

A Bilateral Cease-Fire in Colombia: What Must Be Negotiated?

Analysis & Commentary
Senior Associate Adam Isacson offers his take on Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' changed stance on a bilateral ceasefire with the FARC.

Afro-Colombian Activists Facing Increased Threats

U.S. and Colombian Governments Must Improve Protection for the Victims and Sanction Perpetrators
Analysis & Commentary
A recent wave of threats against Colombian human rights defenders underscores the need for immediate action.

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

Analysis & Commentary
Learn more about what kind of drug policy reform WOLA is advocating for at the UNGASS in 2016

Biofuels: A False Global Solution and Local Destruction in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In this book on biofuels, WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sanchez contributes a chapter on the impact of palm oil on displaced and Afro-Colombian communities.

Colombia Must Take Steps to Protect Colombian Educational Union

WOLA letter calls for action on threats, attacks against SINDESENA
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to the Director General of the SENA job training school in Colombia, WOLA calls for action to protect the school's union and students' legitimate rights to association and free speech.

Following Social Security Institute Liquidation, Colombia Must Pay the Pensions it Owes

Letter to Colombian President, Labor Minister express concern over labor rights violations
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, WOLA expresses concern over Colombia's apparent refusal to pay its former workers their duly-earned pensions and medical benefits.

Explosion Negra: Promoting Peace in Colombia Through Hip-Hop

Video
In this taped interview, renowned Colombian hip-hop group Explosión Negra (Black Explosion) share how, through music, they are contributing to the creation of a Colombia at peace.

WOLA Endorses Uruguayan Candidate for Next OAS Secretary General

Foreign Minister Luis Almagro is a Great Candidate to Ensure Human Rights in the Hemisphere
News
WOLA is pleased to announce its endorsement of Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro in his candidacy to be the next Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). WOLA believes that Minister Almagro is a great candidate to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law in the region.

GAO Report: Enforcement of FTA Labor Provisions Remains a Serious Problem

U.S. Government Agencies Should Act Quickly to Ensure That Legislative and Institutional Changes Lead to Labor Rights Protections on the Ground
Analysis & Commentary
The report recognizes that governments in the region have taken important steps to deal with labor commitments. But it concludes that more monitoring and more vigorous enforcement are required.

Serious Setback for Justice in Colombia if Bills to Expand Jurisdiction of Military Courts Approved

NGO statement expresses concern over potential for broad impunity under proposed Colombian law
Analysis & Commentary
NGO and faith groups highlight potential for widespread impunity if human rights cases are transferred to military jurisdiction.

WOLA's 2014 Human Rights Awards

Video
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.