All Content: human rights cases

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

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The Group’s first visit to Mexico will begin on March 1 and it is anticipated that civil society organizations will be able to present their concerns, statements, and testimonies 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.”

The Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities

New WOLA and PBI Report
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While recognizing the importance of the Mechanism and the valuable work its staff carries out, this report identifies several areas for improvement, drawing on a series of case studies to illustrate these weaknesses.

Mexico: it's Too Early to Close the Ayotzinapa Case

The Mexican Government’s Actions Undermine the Rule of Law
Analysis & Commentary
While Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto clearly wants to put the Ayotzinapa case behind him, there are far too many unanswered questions to declare the investigation over.

Too Early to Close the Ayotzinapa Case:

The Mexican Government’s Actions Undermine The Rule of Law
News
WOLA believes it is premature and alarming that federal authorities have announced the end of the investigation into the disappearance of student teachers.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's Visit

President Obama Should Stand Up for Human Rights
Analysis & Commentary
In recent months, President Obama has shown tremendous leadership and courage, taking bold action on both immigration policy and U.S.-Cuba relations. He should approach his meeting with President Peña Nieto in the same spirit.

WOLA to Observe Second Genocide Trial in Guatemala

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt was in Guatemala on January 5, 2015, to observe the genocide trial of former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt.
News
On January 5, 2015, Guatemala began new proceedings in the genocide trial of former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt, and WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt was there to observe the proceedings and monitor subsequent developments.

WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

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WOLA is a leading research and advocacy organization working to advance human rights in the Americas. To learn more about WOLA's work, please watch this short video.

Human Rights Crisis in Mexico Demands Stronger Response from Mexican Government

Analysis & Commentary
To mark Human Rights Day on December 10, WOLA prepared an analysis of the human rights situation in Mexico and the failure of the Peña Nieto administration to make meaningful progress on human rights issues during the president's first years in office.

Uruguay Receives Six Guantanamo Detainees

WOLA: Uruguay is a Leader for International Human Rights; Obama Administration can only begin closing Guantanamo with the help of other countries
News
Today, Uruguay received six Guantanamo detainees who the United States previously cleared for transfer. The move is significant step in the decade-long effort to close the prison at Guantanamo.

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

News
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.