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WOLA's 2014 Human Rights Awards

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On November 12, WOLA honored Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala, and Congressman George Miller with its 2014 Human Rights Award. Click here to watch video of their acceptance speeches.

U.S. Institutions Donate $134,000 for Programs at the University of Central America in El Salvador

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To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the slaying of six Jesuit priests in 1989, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation have made gifts to the UCA.

WOLA’s 2014 Human Rights Awards

WOLA honored Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala and U.S. Congressman George Miller
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On November 12, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) presented its prestigious Human Rights Awards by honoring two distinguished leaders who have shown a dedication to advancing human rights in the Americas: Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala and U.S. Congressman George Miller.

Human Rights in Mexico: Recent Abuses Highlight Persistent Challenges

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Recent cases in Iguala, Guerrero and Tlatlaya, State of Mexico raise serious concerns about the actions of Mexico's security forces and the government's commitment to respect human rights, end impunity, and combat corruption.

Human Rights in Mexico’s Criminal Justice System

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Join WOLA and experts from Mexican civil society groups as they examine Mexico’s justice reforms from a human rights perspective.

Creating Peace on the Ground in Two of Colombia’s Conflict Hot Spots: Chocó and Buenaventura

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In this taped event on human rights in Colombia, leading human rights defenders share on-the-ground information on the Colombian conflict and identify ways the international community can support peace.

Secretary General of the OAS José Miguel Insulza Urges Latin American Countries to Receive Guantanamo Prisoners

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WOLA Executive Director Joy Olson reacts to the press release from the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), which urges Latin American countries to receive those Guantanamo prisoners who have been cleared for release.

Colombian Human Rights Defenders Receive Barrage of Threats, Attacks as Protection Funds Dwindle

Analysis & Commentary
Over the past month, over 100 Colombian human rights defenders have received threats and attacks for their work.

May Afro-Colombian Update

In Letter to Policymakers, WOLA Highlights Continued Abuses
Analysis & Commentary
Despite the promise of a peace accord, the current situation for Afro-Colombians remains dire, as WOLA outlines in a May 2014 letter to policymakers.

A "Victims' Victory" in Mexico

Interview With Santiago Aguirre of Tlachinollan
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Mexico's Congress has voted to send cases of military human rights abuse to civilian justice. Adam and WOLA Senior Associate for Mexico Maureen Meyer talk with Santiago Aguirre, a lawyer at the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center in Guerrero, Mexico.

Mexican Congress Approves Historic Reforms to the Military Code of Justice

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The final approval of these reforms to the Military Code of Justice sends a strong message to the members of Mexico’s armed forces that they are not immune to prosecution.

Mexican Senate Approves Historic Reforms to the Military Code of Justice

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If passed without modifications by the Chamber of Deputies and signed by President Enrique Peña Nieto, these reforms would ensure that all human rights violations committed by soldiers against civilians would be prosecuted in civilian, not military, courts.

Kaine Statement on the Murder of Carlos Mejia Orellana in Honduras

Analysis & Commentary
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine issued a statement on the murder of Carlos Mejia Orellana, marketing director for Radio Progreso in Honduras. He calls on Honduran police to take immediate steps to protect Mr. Mejia's colleagues at Radio Progreso and ERIC.

Statement by Reps. McGovern, Farr, and Schakowsky on the Murder in Honduras of Carlos Mejia Orellana

Analysis & Commentary
Reps. McGovern, Farr, and Schakowsky express their condolences to the family and friends of Carlos Mejia Orellana, the marketing director of Radio Progreso who was murdered last week in Honduras.

WOLA condemns the assassination of Radio Progreso employee in Honduras

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WOLA condemns the assassination of Radio Progreso Marketing Manager, Carlos Mejía Orellana, that occurred on Friday, April 11, and urges the Honduran authorities to conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation and to punish those responsible.

Presentation on Land Restitution, Displacement, and WOLA's Visit to the Choco

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate offers a panorama of the dire situation facing Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities along Colombia's Pacific Coast.

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

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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.