All Content: Colombia

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.

Will the U.S. let Colombia End Its Civil War?

After half a century, Colombia may put an end to its conflict—if the U.S. will allow it.
Analysis & Commentary
With a new agreement on drug policy, Colombian government and FARC negotiators appear closer than ever to a peace accord. But will the U.S. allow it?

New Study Evaluates State Responses to Drug Consumption in the Americas

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A new study by the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (CEDD) finds that drug users continue to be dealt with in the criminal justice system.

Wednesday, May 21: New Study to be Launched on State Responses to Drug Consumption in Latin America

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The study will combine new research from eight Latin American countries.

May Afro-Colombian Update

In Letter to Policymakers, WOLA Highlights Continued Abuses
Analysis & Commentary
Despite the promise of a peace accord, the current situation for Afro-Colombians remains dire, as WOLA outlines in a May 2014 letter to policymakers.

May Colombia Labor Rights Update

Analysis & Commentary
In an letter to policymakers, WOLA offers an update on the labor rights situation in Colombia

Colombia Takes a Major Step Toward Ending 50 Years of Conflict

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA celebrates today’s announcement in Havana that the Colombian government and the FARC have reached agreement on illicit drug cultivation and trafficking, the third of five substantive agenda points in their negotiations to end Colombia’s internal armed conflict.

House Leaders Call on Colombian President To Investigate Recent Bombing, Protect Worker Safety

Analysis & Commentary
Members of the U.S. Congressional Monitoring Group on Labor Rights in Colombia highlight their concerns about continued violence, labor rights violations.

In Landmark Letter, International Group of Legislators Support Peace Process in Colombia

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In a letter released Tuesday, May 13, hundreds of legislators supported the peace process in Colombia and encouraged the negotiating parties to consider a ceasefire as talks continue.

ACSN Strongly Condemns Threats and Violence against Pacific Defenders of Afro-Colombian Rights and Community Activists

Analysis & Commentary
The Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network (ACSN) is gravely concerned about ongoing violence and atrocities in Colombia’s main port of Buenaventura and on-going intimidation of Afro-Colombian activists and persons who defend their rights.

Scores of Colombian Miners Trapped after Mine Collapse

Collapse the Result of Inadequate Government Regulation
Analysis & Commentary
The Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network reports a new tragedy resulting on the lack of effective control of the illegal large-scale mining in ancestral Afro-Colombian territories.

Statement on the Humanitarian Crisis in Buenaventura

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA stands with the residents of Buenaventura, Colombia's largest pacific port, in commemorating the brutal massacre of 12 young men nine years ago.

WOLA Calls Attention to Human Rights Violations against Afro-Colombian Groups

Letter to Colombian Official Calls for Concrete Action
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Óscar Gamboa, Director of the Programa Presidencial para la Población Afrocolombiana, WOLA gives an overview of continued violations and asks for concrete action to protect vulnerable groups.