All Content: Afro-Latinos

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.

Afro-Colombians Unprotected from Exploitation and Violence

Analysis & Commentary
With WOLA's support, from October 1 to October 6, Congressman Hank Johnson led a delegation with the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU) to the Colombia. Following the visit, the observations and recommendations of the CBTU were outlined in the following report.

International Community Must Guarantee Rights of Dominico-Haitian Defenders

Analysis & Commentary
Following ruling 168-13 of the the Domican Republic's Constitutional Court, Dominico-Haitian defenders have been under attack. The deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent have further created an environment that requires international community to guarantee protection of human rights.

For a Lasting Peace, Afro-Colombians Need a Seat at the Table

Analysis & Commentary
After more than two years of negotiations between Colombia’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s peace process can be strengthened by finding ways to engage a broader set of civil society stakeholders: Afro-Colombians.

Ending Coca Fumigation in Colombia is the Right Call

Can Colombia Now Seize the Opportunity to Create a More Humane and Sustainable Approach to Reducing Coca Cultivation?
Analysis & Commentary
As the decades-long program of spraying coca crops with herbicides comes to an end, WOLA reflects on the history of flawed policy and what should replace it.

Afro-Colombian Leader in Cauca Speaks Out: ‘This Situation That Eats Away at Me’

Analysis & Commentary
Afro-Colombian leader, Francia Márquez Mina speaks out on the current situation her community faces.

Five Ways the U.S. Could Encourage Colombia to Work for a Lasting Peace

Analysis & Commentary
Ahead of a series of high-level talks between United States and Colombia, WOLA has five suggested messages that the U.S. should communicate to Colombian officials.

Colombia Must Take Concrete Actions for Greater Inclusion and Protection of Minority Population

Analysis & Commentary
In a Letter to Colombia's Vice Minister for Participation and Equality of Rights, WOLA Calls for Action

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.

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.

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.

Explosion Negra: Promoting Peace in Colombia Through Hip-Hop

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.

Promoting Peace in Colombia Through Hip-Hop

In this taped event, the Colombian hip-hop group Explosion Negra presents on how they use music to involve Afro-Colombian youth and combat racism and violence in their communities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WOLA Experts Visited Chocó, Colombia: Blogs from the Field

Adam Isacson's posts about conflict, displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy - and the region's vibrant civil society
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson's posts and photos from the road during a March 2014 trip to Chocó, in northwestern Colombia. Topics include the conflict's impact on Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, forced displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy – and the need to defend and work with the region's vibrant civil society.