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International Organizations Condemn the Decision to Suspend Judge Yassmin Barrios in Guatemala

Last Friday, the Honor Tribunal of the Association of Lawyers and Notaries of Guatemala ruled to temporarily suspend Judge Yassmín Barrios from practicing law for one year. Judge Barrios presides over the High Risk Tribunal A, where she oversaw the trials against retired generals José Mauricio Rodríguez and José Efraín Ríos Montt.

WOLA's 2013 Human Rights Awards Gala in 'Washington Life Magazine'

The February 2014 issue of 'Washington Life Magazine' highlights WOLA's 2013 Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala.
Analysis & Commentary

Key Human Rights Appointment Presents a Test for the Mexican Government

Analysis & Commentary
If the Mexican government is serious about protecting human rights defenders and journalists, it should name someone highly qualified to direct the Human Rights Unit.

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.

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

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.

Historic Achievement in Emblematic Human Rights Case in Mexico

Four Suspects in the Rape of Indigenous Women are Arrested
This case has underlined the Mexican government’s unfulfilled human rights obligations and the impunity that has existed for victims of human rights violations

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.

Amnesty, Impunity, and Archives in El Salvador

On Tuesday, December 10, WOLA invited Salvadoran ombudsman David Morales, Stanford University professor Dr. Terry Karl, and American University researcher Héctor Silva Avalos to discuss pressing issues in El Salvador. To watch a video of the event, please click here.

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.

One Year into Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's Administration

Little Progress has been made on Security or Human Rights
Analysis & Commentary
So far, the results from the Peña Nieto administration’s strategy for reducing violence and combating the crimes that most affect society have been disappointing. Peña Nieto has also failed to demonstrate a clear commitment to respecting the rights of Mexican citizens.

WOLA Statement on Release of Israel Arzate

This ruling is a positive step toward respect for due process and human rights.

Slow justice for Peru's disappeared

Analysis & Commentary
In an unprecedented move, an active duty general was found guilty of the enforced disappearance of a school principal.

Amnesty under Fire in El Salvador: Legal Challenges and Political Implications

Analysis & Commentary
Since the end of the Salvadoran civil war in 1992, victims of human rights abuses have chafed at the country’s Amnesty Law. However, recent developments suggest that the tide is turning against the amnesty and its supporters.

Integrity of El Salvador's Tutela Legal Archives Must be Maintained and Respected

Tutela Legal’s archives contain the only records of many cases of human rights abuses that occurred during and after the civil war. WOLA respectfully urges the Archbishop of San Salvador to ensure that the files are protected.

International Declaration on tenth anniversary of Black October

Ten Years of Protecting International Fugitives: It is Time for President Obama to Extradite Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín to Bolivia
Analysis & Commentary
The massacres that devastated the families of Bolivia’s highlands ten years ago this month must not be forgotten.

Human Rights Organizations Speak Out on Closure of Tutela Legal in El Salvador

WOLA and 18 human rights organizations throughout Latin America have sent a letter to Archbishop Escobar Alas, Archbishop of San Salvador, on the Archdiocese’s abrupt closure of Tutela Legal.

Legal Aid Office of the Archdiocese of San Salvador Closes, Risking Thousands of Records on Human Rights Violations

WOLA Urges Archdiocese to Preserve its Human Rights Records
In light of yesterday’s abrupt closing of Tutela Legal, the legal aid office of the Archdiocese of San Salvador, WOLA hopes that the Archdiocese will carefully protect Tutela’s archives and continue to make them available to human rights researchers and criminal investigators.

40 Years After the Coup in Chile

Joe Eldridge, WOLA's co-founder, was in Santiago on September 11, 1973
On September 11, 1973, democracy came to a violent end in Chile. Joe Eldridge, the chaplain of American University, was there. Here, he recounts the terror of those days, and the revelations of the U.S. role, which led him to co-found WOLA a year later.

Colonel Montano of El Salvador Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison

Analysis & Commentary
Today’s decision by a Boston court sentenced Colonel Montano to 21 months in prison, and will likely impact whether Spanish authorities move ahead in the prosecution of nineteen Salvadoran military officers accused of having participated in the decision to murder six Jesuit priests in 1989.