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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.

DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs Honors WOLA's Gimena Sánchez

Analysis & Commentary
On February 19, 2014, the DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs honored WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli for her tireless work to promote the human rights of Afro-Descendent communities in Colombia.

International Groups Support March to End Violence in Buenaventura

Groups Stand in Solidarity with Victims' March, Call for End to Violence in Colombian Port City
Analysis & Commentary
Shockingly high levels of violence continue to plague Colombia's port city of Buenaventura. In this statement, international groups call for government action to protection the local population.

Colombia and the U.S. Must Prioritize Protection of Afro-Colombians

Letter Calls Attention to Security Crisis
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter signed by U.S. and international organizations and individuals, groups call for the protection of Afro-Colombian activists at risk.

Afro-Colombians Targeted for Standing Up for Their Rights

WOLA Briefs Congressional Black Caucus on Dire Situation
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Congressional Black Caucus aides, WOLA identifies dangerous trend of attacks against afrodescendant leaders and calls for action.

Conference: Perspectives on Colombia’s Peace Process and Opportunities for U.S. Engagement

Video
In this event, Colombian and U.S. analysts, human rights defenders, and policymakers came together to discuss the status of the peace process and the role of the United States after an eventual agreement.

U.S. Policy in Colombia: Success Story or Cautionary Tale?

Analysis & Commentary
Washington's pursuit of trade with Colombia — encapsulated by the recent U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement — is abetting human rights abuses and marginalizing Colombian activists.

Court’s Ruling on Operation Genesis a Leap Forward for Justice for Afro-Colombian Victims

Analysis & Commentary
In a major decision, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights ruled that Colombia was responsible for not preventing the 1997 displacement of thousands of Afro-Colombians.

In Colombia, a Rising Tide Sinks all Ports

Free trade has failed to bring prosperity to Colombia’s largest port city
Analysis & Commentary
President Obama calls existing human and labor rights deficiencies in Colombia just details that need to be worked out. The reality on the ground is far more grave.

Obama-Santos Meeting Should Highlight Human, Labor Rights Issues in Colombia

Human Rights Groups Call on White House to Pressure Colombian President on Continued Rights Violations, Express Support for Peace
Analysis & Commentary
On December 3, 2013, President Obama will meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Obama should emphasize U.S. support for the peace process and press for more progress on human rights.

Agreements Reached after the Peaceful Occupation of Government Offices

Colombian Government Must Comply
Analysis & Commentary
The Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network calls on the Colombian government to abide by the commitments it made to Afro-Colombian communities in Popayan, Cauca.

Colombian Government Must Address Violence in Buenaventura

WOLA Stands in Solidarity with the Victims
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA stands in solidarity with activists throughout Colombia in calling for an end to the heinous crimes against Buenaventura's women.

Promoting Peace, Labor Rights, and Social Inclusion in Colombia

WOLA November Colombia Update
Analysis & Commentary
Over the past several months, WOLA has worked with policymakers in DC and grassroots organizations in Colombia to ensure U.S. and Colombian laws protect human rights and promote social justice.

Rep. Ellison to Colombian Labor Minister: Where is the Progress on Illegal Subcontracting?

Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Rafael Pardo, the Colombian Minister of Labor, U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison expresses his concern over labor rights violations in Colombia.