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What is Mexico Doing to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists?

New WOLA-PBI Report Finds that Government Protection Efforts Fall Short
News
Mexico continues to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world to defend human rights and practice journalism. Attacks on defenders and journalists occur regularly, creating a worrisome environment of self-censorship and intimidation.

Release of Three Soldiers Accused of Extrajudicial Killings Raises Further Questions about Mexico’s Commitment to Justice

Analysis & Commentary
Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office announced a federal judge’s decision to release three soldiers charged in the “Tlatlaya massacre”—the massacre of 22 civilians in Tlatlaya, State of Mexico in June 2014.

Arrests in Berta Cáceres Case: A Positive Step, but Justice and Truth Must Be Guaranteed

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WOLA calls on the government of Honduras to accept the participation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in the case of Berta Cáceres.

International Organizations Call for Open, Public Trial in Guatemala Genocide Case

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Today WOLA joins with nine other human rights organizations in submitting an amicus brief calling for the separation of the current court proceedings against two alleged architects of genocide during Guatemala’s 36-year civil war.

A Sad Day for Mexico

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's Joy Olson shares her experience of the official presentation of the final report of the International Group of Independent Experts that has been providing technical assistance to the Mexican government on the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero, Mexico in September 2014.

Case of the 43 Disappeared Students: Key Points from the Group of Experts’ Final Report

Experts Highlight Lines of Investigation that Must Be Explored
Analysis & Commentary
On April 24, 2016, the Group of Experts appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to provide technical assistance in the investigation of the case of the 43 disappeared students in Mexico presented its final report.

Mexico’s Government Obstructed the Investigation of the 43 Disappeared Students

Final Report by Group of Experts Raises Concerns about Justice
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The Mexican government obstructed the investigation into Ayotzinapa while doubling down on its own version of events, the fundamentals of which have been disproved multiple times.

Digging for the Truth: Access to Information about Forced Disappearances in Wartime El Salvador

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A discussion with Salvadoran-American children survivors of forced disappearances and human rights advocates from the United States and El Salvador on the situation of forced disappearances during the civil war in El Salvador and the state of impunity permeating the judicial system today.

Ríos Montt Genocide Retrial Starts Amidst Controversy

Analysis & Commentary
After several false starts, the retrial proceedings against former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt and his intelligence chief José Mauricio Rodríguez Sanchez in the Maya Ixil genocide case began on March 16, 2016.

Concern for the defamation campaign against victims and human rights defenders in Mexico

Open Letter to President Enrique Peña Nieto
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The signatory organizations are worried about an emerging pattern of disqualification in which the Mexican government de-legitimizes any report or declaration that identifies grave human rights violations taking place in the country.

WOLA Condemns the Assassination of Berta Cáceres, Honduran Human Rights Defender

News
WOLA condemns the assassination this morning of Berta Cáceres, renowned environmental activist and human rights defender.

Ayotzinapa Fact Sheet: Investigating the Enforced Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico

Analysis & Commentary
What happened the night the students disappeared? Who is working on the investigation? What have they found?

Historic Breakthrough in the Case of Jesuits Murdered in El Salvador in 1989

What a U.S court’s decision to extradite a high-ranking military officer could mean for justice and human rights in El Salvador
Analysis & Commentary
After almost thirty years of impunity, there may finally be some measure of justice for the six Jesuit priests and two women murdered by the Salvadoran military in San Salvador in 1989.

Forensic Study Refutes Mexican Government’s Version of the 43 Students’ Disappearance

Second Independent Analysis Finds No Evidence That Students Were Killed and Burned at Trash Dump
Analysis & Commentary
The goal of the EAAF study was to determine whether the evidence collected from the trash dump supports the theory that the 43 disappeared students were killed and burned at the site. The short answer is no.

Experts Investigating Mexico's Ayotzinapa Case Face a 'Coordinated Defamation Campaign'

Campaign is an Attempt to Hide the Truth and Obstruct Justice
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We call on the Mexican government to publicly acknowledge the important work of the Group of Experts

Historic Extradition in Emblematic Case of Murdered Jesuit Priests in El Salvador

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Salvadoran Colonel Orlando Montano will be extradited to Spain, where he will stand trial for his role in planning the murders of six Jesuit priests and two women in San Salvador in 1989.

Colombia Set to Promote Military Officers Linked to ‘False Positives’ Scandal, Other Abuses

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In a letter to Colombia's Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Villegas, WOLA emphasized its concerns over the recommendation to promote seven officers to the rank of general who are either under investigation, awaiting trial, or facing allegations that they oversaw appalling human rights violations.

Mexico's Response to the NYT: An Opportunity to Prove Accountability

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According to WOLA, the most important thing that the government must do right now to ensure accountability is to guarantee that the entire government cooperates fully with the group of international experts working on the case.