All Content: Democracy & Elections

In Peru Election, the Race for 2nd Place May Be Most Important

Analysis & Commentary
Peruvians head to the polls Sunday in what is a hotly contested election. The candidate who wins the coveted second position in Sunday’s vote may very well be the country’s next president.

Peru Elections 2016: Back to the Future?

Analysis & Commentary
Elections in Peru are just five days away, and concerns that the process lacks legitimacy may undermine the authority of whoever is ultimately elected president.

Peru's Electoral Tribunal Must Guarantee Fair, Open Presidential Election

Candidate Disqualification Undermines Election’s Legitimacy
News
Peruvian electoral officials' decision to bar candidate Julio Guzmán from seeking office is completely disproportionate to his infraction. it constitutes an affront to democracy and the rule of law, and should promptly be overturned upon review.

International NGOs Call for Transparency in Selection of Guatemalan Constitutional Court Justices

News
International NGO Coalition calls for Guatemalan Constitutional Court selection to be merit-based and urges President Morales to act transparently.

What Does the Future Hold for 'Chavismo' in Venezuela?

Analysis & Commentary
In Venezuela, the Maduro government faces three possible futures. It can: change its economic policies, be voted out of power over the coming years, or become significantly less democratic.

What's Next for Venezuela?

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Now that the Venezuelan opposition has won a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly, major changes are on the horizon. Will the opposition push for a recall referendum of President Nicolas Maduro? How might the government try to work around the opposition? Can both sides come together to address the country's biggest issues?

WOLA Deplores Venezuelan Court's Conviction and Sentencing of Leopoldo López

News
Yesterday, Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for allegedly inciting violence as part of anti-government protests last year.

Why Guatemalans Rose Up Against Government Corruption

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In an interview on PBS NewsHour, WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán explains why Guatemalans have risen up by the thousands to demand an end to government corruption.

Guatemala Corruption Scandals Signal End of Era of Impunity

Analysis & Commentary
The uncovering of a series of massive corruption scandals in Guatemala has sparked a succession of widespread public protests. This could be an opportunity to push for political and institutional reforms to root out corruption and strengthen Guatemalan institutions.

UNASUR Mission to Venezuela Must Call for Respect for Human Rights, Promote Dialogue

WOLA joins 32 regional organizations in highlighting recommendations for the upcoming visit by UNASUR ministers
News
In a letter to the foreign ministers of Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador, WOLA joins 32 other NGOs in calling on the upcoming UNASUR delegation to promote inclusive dialogue and call for the respect of human rights.

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.

CEJIL, DPLF y WOLA expresan su preocupación por el nombramiento del General (r) Daniel Urresti como Ministro del Interior en Perú

Urresti es actualmente investigado por su participación en el asesinato del periodista Hugo Bustíos en 1988
Analysis & Commentary
ONG expresan preocupación sobre nombramiento de Ministro del Interior del Perú que está siendo investigado por su participación en el asesinato del periodista Hugo Bustíos en 1988

Examining the Likely Impacts of U.S. Sanctions Targeting Venezuelan Officials

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In this taped event, leading Venezuela analysts examine the impacts of proposed U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan officials. The panelists argue that sanctions will reduce the chances for dialogue and a resolution to existing tensions.

LIVESTREAM: Conversation with President Mujica of Uruguay

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Tune in live at 4 p.m. for a discussion with President Jose Mujica of Uruguay. The event is co-hosted by WOLA, the Embassy of Uruguay and American University.

Remembering Javier Diez Canseco in the U.S. Capital

WOLA Reflects on the Legacy of the Peruvian Human Rights Leader
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow Coletta Youngers remembers Peruvian congressman and human rights defender one year after his passing.

Q&A: Understanding Venezuela’s Protests

WOLA's David Smilde Explains the Ongoing Protests
Analysis & Commentary
In this Q&A, WOLA Senior Fellow sheds light on the ongoing protests in Venezuela and dispels common misconceptions.

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.

WOLA Blog: "Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights"

A unique resource for journalists, policymakers, scholars, activists, and others interested in understanding Venezuelan politics and human rights.
Analysis & Commentary
The contributors to the blog, including WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde, provide insights on Venezuela’s politics that go beyond the polarized pro-Chávez/anti-Chávez debate as developments unfold.

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.