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Historic Breakthrough in the Case of Jesuits Murdered in El Salvador in 1989

What a U.S court’s decision to extradite a high-ranking military officer could mean for justice and human rights in El Salvador
Analysis & Commentary
After almost thirty years of impunity, there may finally be some measure of justice for the six Jesuit priests and two women murdered by the Salvadoran military in San Salvador in 1989.

Forensic Study Refutes Mexican Government’s Version of the 43 Students’ Disappearance

Second Independent Analysis Finds No Evidence That Students Were Killed and Burned at Trash Dump
Analysis & Commentary
The goal of the EAAF study was to determine whether the evidence collected from the trash dump supports the theory that the 43 disappeared students were killed and burned at the site. The short answer is no.

Experts Investigating Mexico's Ayotzinapa Case Face a 'Coordinated Defamation Campaign'

Campaign is an Attempt to Hide the Truth and Obstruct Justice
We call on the Mexican government to publicly acknowledge the important work of the Group of Experts

Historic Extradition in Emblematic Case of Murdered Jesuit Priests in El Salvador

Salvadoran Colonel Orlando Montano will be extradited to Spain, where he will stand trial for his role in planning the murders of six Jesuit priests and two women in San Salvador in 1989.

Colombia Set to Promote Military Officers Linked to ‘False Positives’ Scandal, Other Abuses

In a letter to Colombia's Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Villegas, WOLA emphasized its concerns over the recommendation to promote seven officers to the rank of general who are either under investigation, awaiting trial, or facing allegations that they oversaw appalling human rights violations.

Mexico's Response to the NYT: An Opportunity to Prove Accountability

According to WOLA, the most important thing that the government must do right now to ensure accountability is to guarantee that the entire government cooperates fully with the group of international experts working on the case.

WOLA Update on Mexico's Case of 43 Disappeared Students

Analysis & Commentary
As we move into 2016, only four months remain for the Group of Experts investigating the enforced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico.

Statement on the Investigation into Mexico's 43 Disappeared Students

The statement asserts that while the Mexican government has taken some positive steps to support the investigation and the continuing work of the IACHR-appointed Group of Experts, some currents within the government continue to insist on the validity of the government’s original case theory.

Human Rights Organizations Express Support to Advance Investigation into 43 Disappeared Students in Mexico

Analysis & Commentary
On the night of September 26, 2014, students in Mexico’s southern state of Guerrero were violently attacked by local police; 43 students were detained and disappeared.

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.