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

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

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
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

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

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.

International Organizations Call for Respect for the Rule of Law in Guatemala

They Also Urge Transparency in the Nominating Commission Process

Background Information on the Upcoming Elections in El Salvador

WOLA's Geoff Thale Provides Expert Information & Analysis

Elections in El Salvador and Costa Rica

Candidates and issues for February 2 voting
February 2 will see first-round presidential elections in both El Salvador and Costa Rica. Both countries' races are too close to call. Adam talks with WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale about candidates and issues.

Venezuela's Maduro Declares 'Great Victory' After Elections

In an interview with NPR, David Smilde discusses Maduro's economic war, noting that opposition candidates lacked a clear discourse on how they would improve the economy.
Analysis & Commentary
Following Venezuela's recent elections, President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen the socialist revolution and increase government control over the economy. WOLA's David Smilde talks with NPR's John Otis to discuss the effects of this strategy.

Venezuela Approaches Municipal Elections that Carry National Significance

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Sunday's municipal elections will be a barometer for Maduro's popularity, seven months into his presidency.

WOLA Briefing on Honduran Elections

WOLA Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán and Program Director Geoff Thale explain the importance of the upcoming elections in Honduras and the issues at stake.
Senior Associate Adriana Beltrán and Program Director Geoff Thale discuss the importance of the upcoming election in Honduras and the issues that are at stake.