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International Community Must Guarantee Rights of Dominico-Haitian Defenders

Analysis & Commentary
Following ruling 168-13 of the the Domican Republic's Constitutional Court, Dominico-Haitian defenders have been under attack. The deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent have further created an environment that requires international community to guarantee protection of human rights.

Human Rights Organizations Support Extension of Experts’ Mandate to Investigate Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Case

Letters Sent to Mexican President Peña Nieto and to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
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The signed organizations explain that the extension of the mandate is important not only to complete the outstanding tasks in relation to the case of the disappeared students but also to address the broader issue of enforced disappearances in the country.

The Mexican Government’s Failed Investigation into the 43 Students’ Enforced Disappearance

New Report by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission Highlights Shortcomings
Analysis & Commentary
The CNDH report outlines six key points that are fairly basic steps in any criminal investigation and that Mexican authorities have not yet done.

Oil Palm Expansion and Land Accumulation in Mapiripán, Meta Colombia

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On July 28, guests from the Colombian NGO Justicia y Paz spoke at WOLA about the impact of oil palm expansion in rural Colombia.

U.S. Congress Members: Human Rights Violations Point to 'Broader Pattern' in Mexico

82 U.S. Representatives Sign Letter of Concern Regarding Disappearance, Massacre Cases
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Mexico is going through a human rights crisis and this letter clearly illustrates that there is widespread concern about what is happening in the country.

In Mexico’s Tlatlaya Massacre, Soldiers Were Ordered to ‘Take Them Out’

Military Document Released Today Challenges Official Narrative
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The message could not be any clearer: in Mexico's Tlatlaya case, soldiers were instructed to take out, or kill, suspected criminals, in complete disregard for their human rights and due process.

Obama Administration Should Look to Brazil as Refuge for Guantanamo Detainees

Offering Shelter to Detainees Could Further Brazil's Regional Leadership on Humanitarian Issues
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Ahead of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's Washington visit, WOLA joins with other international partners in calling for U.S. President Barack Obama to request that her government resettle Guantanamo detainees cleared for release.

WOLA's Joy Olson Commemorates Oscar Romero in Letter to Archbishop of San Salvador

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In honor of the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero, WOLA Executive Director Joy Olson honors his legacy and vision in a letter to the current Archbishop of San Salvador, Mon. Jose Luis Escobar Alas.

Recent Killing of Journalist in Mexico Underscores Need to Strengthen Protections

Government Program to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Faces Serious Challenges
Analysis & Commentary
Defenders and journalists will continue to be at risk until authorities investigate and prosecute crimes against them, and implement effective protections.

Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico Face Threats and Attacks

Three Years After Passage of Landmark Protection Law in Mexico, Significant Challenges Remain
Analysis & Commentary

Afro-Colombian Leader in Cauca Speaks Out: ‘This Situation That Eats Away at Me’

Analysis & Commentary
Afro-Colombian leader, Francia Márquez Mina speaks out on the current situation her community faces.

Six Months after Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico, Citizens and International Community Still Seek Justice

Mexican Government Must Support Work of International Experts
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Six months after 43 students were forcibly disappeared in Mexico, international human rights organizations express concern that many questions remain unanswered.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Address Brazil’s Truth Commission

NGOs call for IACHR to Monitor Progress on Commission's Recommendations
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On Friday, March 20, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold a hearing on the December 2014 report of Brazil’s National Truth Commission (CNV).

New U.S. Program Fails to Protect Detained Mexican Migrant Kids

WOLA is concerned that authorities aren't doing all they can to protect kids questioned about criminal networks
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA has raised concerns over a new Border Patrol program that holds Mexican migrant children for months without charge, often using them as informants against cartels and smuggling organizations. When sent back, these kids are not properly protected from violent retribution.

Group of Technical Experts Arrive in Mexico to Investigate Case of Disappeared Students

Experts' Recommendations Could Lead to Broader Changes in the Country
Analysis & Commentary
The Group is tasked with reviewing and investigating the Ayotzinapa case, but its work could have broader implications for changing how Mexico handles other cases of disappearances.

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
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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.

US Activists Urge Colombia to Protect Defenders, Unionists and Victims

Analysis & Commentary
In a letter directed at the newly appointed director of the National Protection Unit (​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UNP), civil society groups urge Colombia to protect human rights defenders, union organizers and victims.

Human Rights Organizations Welcome the Start of the Interdisciplinary Group of Experts for the Ayotzinapa Case

International Group of Qualified Experts Looks into Mexico's Investigation of the Missing Students
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The Group’s first visit to Mexico begins on March 1 and it is anticipated that civil society organizations will be able to present concerns and statements directly to the Group.

New Threats against Afro-Colombian Communities, Human and Labor Rights Groups Raise Concern

In a note to policymakers, WOLA documents new human and labor rights violations
Analysis & Commentary
U.S. officials must take action in the wake of continued threats against human and labor rights defenders in Colombia.

Venezuela’s Other Crisis: A Justice System Dismantled From Within

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde argues that Venezuela's judicial system has become increasingly politicized, reflecting a society in which “rule by law” is taking precedence over “rule of law.”