All Content: Colombia

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.

An Evolving Threat: Assessing Paramilitaries in Colombia

Video
While peace talks with the two largest guerrilla groups in Colombia are moving forward, another security threat is looming on the horizon.

Colombia’s Contradictory Return to Coca Fumigation

Government Calls for Reforms at UNGASS, but Backtracks at Home
Analysis & Commentary
On April 18, the Colombian government restarted use of the harmful and ineffective herbicide glyphosate to destroy coca crops, months after the government suspended aerial spraying because the chemical was found to likely be carcinogenic.

U.S. Civil Society Expresses Outrage by Response to Peaceful Protest in Colombia

Letter to Ambassador Pinzon Calls on Investigation of Abuses
Analysis & Commentary
In this letter to the he Colombian Ambassador to the United States, civil society organizations in the United States express their outrage by the government's response to peaceful protest in Northern Cauca and call on the Colombian government to investigate the abuses committed during the protest.

An Effective Transition to Post-Conflict for Afro-Colombians and Indigenous in Choco, Colombia

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The recent spike in violence by paramilitary groups highlights the many challenges that the Colombian government will face in the implementation of a potential peace accord.

World Leaders Convene in New York for Landmark UN Drug Summit as Opposition to Drug War Mounts

WOLA Experts will be in Attendance, Presenting at the UN
News
This week, world leaders are gathering at the United Nations in New York for the highest-level meeting on drug policy in nearly two decades.

Civil Society is Colombia’s Best Bet for Constructing Peace

A WOLA Series on Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement
Analysis & Commentary
In the context of the Colombian peace talks in Havana, WOLA will be publishing a series of analytical pieces and videos on how to ensure the success of potential bilateral ceasefire agreement.

How a Ceasefire in Colombia Can Work

Overcoming challenges to a smooth transition from war to peace
Publication
A ceasefire between Colombia's government and FARC guerrillas appears imminent. Ensuring that it holds, and avoiding new violence, will call for a big international role, breaking ties to organized crime, and protecting human rights defenders.

The Colombian Military Faces Post-Conflict Uncertainty

A WOLA Series on Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement
Analysis & Commentary
In this fourth piece of WOLA's series on Colombia's peace process, Adam Isacson analyzes the role of Colombia's military in the post-conflict.

Why Colombia’s Negotiators Couldn’t Manage a Cease-Fire by March 23

Analysis & Commentary
Colombia's negotiators announced last September 23 that both sides would sign a peace accord in just six months. A more realistic hope was that the negotiators could agree by March 23 on something more modest than a final accord, but still tremendously important: a bilateral ceasefire.

The UN Verification Mission’s Essential Role in Colombia’s Long-Awaited Ceasefire

A WOLA Series on Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement
Analysis & Commentary
As soon as this week, though perhaps later, Colombia’s government and the FARC guerrillas may agree to a bilateral cessation of hostilities. The United Nations verification mission will play a vital role in this long-awaited ceasefire.

Is Peace in Colombia Feasible if it Excludes Afro-Colombians and Indigenous Communities?

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On March 8, The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) and the National Afro-Colombian Peace Council (CONPA) launched an Ethnic Commission for Peace and Defense of Territorial Rights with the goal of guaranteeing participation in the peace process. Come hear from its members as they explain the importance of their inclusion in Havana.

Colombia's Peace Process: Integrating Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Rights

A WOLA Series on Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement
Analysis & Commentary

“Concentration Zones”: the Perplexing Key to a Bilateral Ceasefire in Colombia

A WOLA Series on Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement
Analysis & Commentary
In the context of the Colombian peace talks in Havana and possible future announcements by the negotiating parties, WOLA will be publishing a series of analytical pieces on how to ensure a successful bilateral ceasefire.

Women are Bearing the Brunt of our Most Punitive Drug Policies

Analysis & Commentary
From Colombia to Thailand, drug policy reforms are urgently needed to end the mass incarceration of women for drug offences. Here’s what we can do about it.

Colombia’s Peace Process: Ensuring the Success of a Potential Bilateral Ceasefire Agreement

Video
In the context of the Colombian peace talks in Havana, WOLA will be publishing a series of analytical pieces and videos on how to ensure the success of potential bilateral ceasefire agreement.

Between Rhetoric and Reform: Criminal Justice Reform in the United States

Publication
After decades of failed policies, the U.S. is finally reconsidering the mass incarceration model it promoted in Latin America. The paradigm shift opens up space for reforms in Latin America.

"Peace Colombia": What's New About It?

A walk-through of the 2017 aid request, and the likely congressional debate
Analysis & Commentary
While an important and necessary improvement over past U.S. aid, "Peace Colombia" is a smaller, and more military-focused, program than it should be. The new package is different than what came before, but not radically different.

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.