All Content: crime & violence

Kaine Statement on the Murder of Carlos Mejia Orellana in Honduras

Analysis & Commentary
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine issued a statement on the murder of Carlos Mejia Orellana, marketing director for Radio Progreso in Honduras. He calls on Honduran police to take immediate steps to protect Mr. Mejia's colleagues at Radio Progreso and ERIC.

Statement by Reps. McGovern, Farr, and Schakowsky on the Murder in Honduras of Carlos Mejia Orellana

Analysis & Commentary
Reps. McGovern, Farr, and Schakowsky express their condolences to the family and friends of Carlos Mejia Orellana, the marketing director of Radio Progreso who was murdered last week in Honduras.

WOLA condemns the assassination of Radio Progreso employee in Honduras

News
WOLA condemns the assassination of Radio Progreso Marketing Manager, Carlos Mejía Orellana, that occurred on Friday, April 11, and urges the Honduran authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation and to punish those responsible.

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.

Colombia, the United States, and Security Cooperation by Proxy

An emerging security cooperation model: Colombia is training third countries with U.S. funds
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Colombia is increasingly training third countries' militaries and police forces, often with U.S. funds. This trend raises concerns about transparency, human rights, civilian control, and replication of a highly questioned "drug war model." This report presents new information about this growing practice.

Venezuela: Discussing the Protest Movement and Memorializing Chavez

Latin Pulse interview with David Smilde
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's David Smilde speaks to Rick Rockwell of Latin Pulse, explaining the current protests in Venezuela.

WOLA Urges Openness to Dialogue amid Venezuela Protests

Calls on Government and Protestors Alike to Exercise Restraint
Analysis & Commentary
Recent protests have spurred violence in Venezuela; restraint is needed from all parties.

Jim DeMint’s Fear-Mongering About El Salvador

WOLA responds to the Heritage Foundation's scare tactics
Analysis & Commentary
DeMint and the Heritage Foundation substitute mud-slinging for serious analysis of El Salvador's upcoming presidential elections.

Mexico: One of the Most Dangerous Places to Practice Journalism

State of Veracruz Leads in Number of Killings Nationwide
Analysis & Commentary
Something sinister is happening in the Mexican state of Veracruz. This week, another journalist was murdered there, the tenth killed in Veracruz since current governor Javier Duarte took office in December 2010. Mexico continues to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

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

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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.

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.

Venezuela Q&A: What is Maduro's "War against Speculation"?

WOLA's Smilde answers questions on the Venezuelan president's new "war on speculation" and what it means for the country.
Analysis & Commentary

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.

Honduran Government Should Immediately Investigate the Assassination of Judge Mireya Mendoza Peña

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On July 31, WOLA—together with 15 Honduran organizations, 25 international organizations and seven individuals—sent a letter to the Coordinator of the Intervention Commission for the Office of the Attorney General of Honduras on the assassination of Judge Mireya Mendoza Peña.

Protests in Brazil: Digging Beneath the Surface

Analysis & Commentary
Brazil’s recent country-wide demonstrations protesting a broad range of political and social conditions are interesting for reasons that go well beyond the specific issues raised by the protesters.

Drug Policy Organizations Express Support for Uruguayan Reform Initiative

New Legislation Would Permit a Legal, Regulated Marijuana Market
Analysis & Commentary
Members organizations of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), including WOLA, and other drug policy organizations, express their support for Uruguay's efforts to create a legal, regulated marijuana market.

Uruguay Set to Vote to on Legal, Regulated Marijuana

News
Uruguay’s House of Representatives is expected to vote as soon as tomorrow on a bill that would legalize and regulate the country’s marijuana market.

One Year after Enrique Peña Nieto’s Election

Has there been a significant shift in Mexico’s security strategy?
Analysis & Commentary
In this Q & A, WOLA’s Senior Associate for Mexico and Central America Maureen Meyer addresses key questions about Mexico's security, drug-related violence, human rights, and security cooperation with the United States.

Brazil Poised to Pass Harsh, Rights-Violating Drug Law

Analysis & Commentary
Despite increasing regional debate in Latin America on drug policy reforms, Brazil is at risk of sliding backwards and is poised to enact even harsher, rights-violating drug policies.