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Colombian Activists Face Alarming Security Crisis

United States Must Act to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Activists
An alarming number of human rights defenders have been killed this year in Colombia. WOLA urges U.S. policymakers to use the human rights conditions on military aid to Colombia to protect their lives.

Migrant Shelters and Human Rights Organizations Seek Protection and Justice for Migrants and Refugees in Mexico in New Report

New report explains how the Southern Border Program has significantly increased migration enforcement operations, apprehensions, and deportations of migrants, which has led to an increase in human rights violations against migrants.

Joint Report: Justice for Crimes and Human Rights Violations against Migrants and Refugees in Mexico

The report is based on a series of visits to migrant shelters and organizations, interviews with staff and migrants, interviews with local authorities, and a thorough review of the migrant shelters’ case documentation.

Event Video: Investigating the Disappearance of the 43 Students in Mexico

A briefing on the current status of the investigation and the work of the international experts appointed to investigate the case.

WOLA Presents 2015 Human Rights Awards

On October 28, WOLA awarded its prestigious Human Rights Awards for 2015 to two recipients who have shown unwavering dedication to advancing human rights in the Americas: Tim Rieser, Foreign Policy Aide to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and the Colombian human rights organization Justicia y Paz.

Afro-Colombians Unprotected from Exploitation and Violence

Analysis & Commentary
With WOLA's support, from October 1 to October 6, Congressman Hank Johnson led a delegation with the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU) to the Colombia. Following the visit, the observations and recommendations of the CBTU were outlined in the following report.

In Historic Visit, Pope Francis to Address Key Issues in the Americas

WOLA Closely Following Papal Visit to Cuba, United States
WOLA will have key experts available for commentary and analysis during Pope Francis' historic visit, in which he is expected to address some of the most

How a New Report Challenges Mexico's 'Official Version' of the Case of 43 Disappeared Students

Analysis & Commentary
A summary of the Group of Experts' initial conclusions and recommendations

New Report Casts Doubt on the Official Version of Mexico’s Ayotzinapa Disappearances

Mexican government's response fails to recognize grave errors in the original investigation
A report issued on September 6 by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) concludes that the Mexican government’s version of the fate of the 43 forcibly disappeared students from Ayotzinapa is wrong and not substantiated by scientific evidence.

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
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

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
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
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
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

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.