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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Holds First Ever Hearing on Drug Policy

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
Por primera vez, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) llevará a cabo una audiencia sobre daños causados por las políticas de drogas.

Behind the Staggering Rise in Women's Imprisonment in Latin America

Harsh drug laws are driving a surge in the number of women imprisoned in Latin America
Analysis & Commentary
Unjust drug laws are behind much of the surge in Latin America's female prison population.

Washingtonian Magazine Names WOLA as One of DC's "50 Great Places to Work"

Analysis & Commentary
In the non-profit sector today, having good intentions simply isn’t enough. Organizations must be well-managed to be effective. We believe that promoting human rights and social justice in Latin America is of critical importance, and we work hard to ensure that WOLA is sustainably and efficiently run in order to have the greatest impact possible.

Press Freedom in Ecuador: A discussion with Carlos Lauria

Concerns about freedom of expression in the aftermath of a new media law's passage
A new media law regulating press coverage, among other recent government actions, is limiting freedom of expression in Ecuador. Adam discusses developments with Carlos Lauría, senior Americas program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The Drug Policy Debate in Latin America

Analysis & Commentary
In this article, WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta A. Youngers outlines the changing landscape of the drug policy debate in Latin America

Nuevo Estudio: América Latina castiga a ofensores de drogas más que a asesinos o violadores

En América Latina es más grave contrabandear marihuana con el fin de venderla a quien quiere consumirla, que violar a una mujer o matar voluntariamente al vecino.

Summit of the Americas: WOLA Resources

WOLA is pleased to provide these resources about the upcoming Summit of the Americas.

Summit of the Americas: Walking the Walk on Partnership

Analysis & Commentary
The presidents of the Americas (with some notable exceptions) will gather once again later this month. President Obama will likely again focus on partnership, engagement, and co-responsibility. These are the right ideas, and they can revolutionize our relationship with the hemisphere.

Ahmadinejad in Latin America: What does the Iranian leader’s trip portend?

Analysis & Commentary
This week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is visiting Latin America, starting this past Sunday in Venezuela and going on to Nicaragua, Cuba, Ecuador, and possibly Guatemala. Why is the trip taking place, and what does it portend? Should U.S. officials be concerned?

WOLA: Promoting Human Rights, Democracy, and Social Justice

As the year winds to a close, we hope you will enjoy this video about how WOLA works with partners in the region to advance human rights in Latin America. If you have not done so, we hope you will consider making a donation to WOLA to support our continued efforts. Your support makes a difference.

The Week Ahead

Peru's New President, Press Freedom in Ecuador, the U.S. Congress
Adam discusses challenges facing newly inaugurated President Ollanta Humala in Peru; Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa's lawsuit against a newspaper; cuts in U.S. aid to Mexico and other ways that the U.S. Congress is affecting Latin America policy.

OAS General Assembly to Emphasize Citizen Security Amidst Mounting Crime and Violence

WOLA will be in attendance in San Salvador
The upcoming OAS General Assembly, has as its theme “Citizen Security in the Americas,” a key issue given the alarming levels of violence in the region.

23 Organizations Denounce over 2,000 Violations against Human Rights Defenders in the Americas

The groups depict an alarming situation and call for the creation of an effective mechanism to protect defenders
The insecurity facing human rights defenders in the Americas has reached alarming levels. The situation was denounced today by 23 NGOs from 11 countries meeting in Washington, D.C. for the 141st period of sessions of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR).

A First Look at the 2012 U.S. Foreign Aid Request

The foreign aid budget—which accounts for most aid to the region—is being cut deeply.
Analysis & Commentary
As the Obama administration seeks to close the huge U.S. deficit without raising taxes, cutting defense or reducing entitlements, programs like foreign assistance are likely to suffer.

Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America

TNI/WOLA Drug Law Reform Project
According to a new study, throughout Latin America non-violent drug offenders are being imprisoned, violating human rights and overloading the region's prison system.

New Study Reveals Alarming Pattern in Imprisonment for Drug Crimes in Latin America

The weight of the law falls on the most vulnerable individuals, overcrowding the prisons, but allowing drug trafficking to flourish
A comparative study on the impact of drug policies on the prison systems of eight Latin American countries - Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay - reveals that drug laws have contributed to the prison crises these countries are experiencing.

One Event, Two Views, Many Questions

What Happened in Ecuador on September 30? by Sandra Edwards
Analysis & Commentary
In the days after the events of September 30, the Ecuadorian government and its opponents have presented their versions of what occurred and why. The two versions do not differ so much regarding what happened, but there are profound differences regarding who is ultimately responsible.