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Ending Coca Fumigation in Colombia is the Right Call

Can Colombia Now Seize the Opportunity to Create a More Humane and Sustainable Approach to Reducing Coca Cultivation?
Analysis & Commentary
As the decades-long program of spraying coca crops with herbicides comes to an end, WOLA reflects on the history of flawed policy and what should replace it.

4 Ways to Promote Development and Reduce the Cultivation of Prohibited Plants

WOLA, colleagues present on alternative development at the UN
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's Coletta Youngers joined civil society colleagues at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna to present alternatives to failed drug policies.

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.

Advocating for Drug Policy Reform at the United Nations

Analysis & Commentary
Learn more about what kind of drug policy reform WOLA is advocating for at the UNGASS in 2016

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.
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.

Biofuels: A False Global Solution and Local Destruction in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In this book on biofuels, WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sanchez contributes a chapter on the impact of palm oil on displaced and Afro-Colombian communities.

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

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.

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.

Statement on the Humanitarian Crisis in Buenaventura

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA stands with the residents of Buenaventura, Colombia's largest pacific port, in commemorating the brutal massacre of 12 young men nine years ago.

WOLA Experts Visited Chocó, Colombia: Blogs from the Field

Adam Isacson's posts about conflict, displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy - and the region's vibrant civil society
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson's posts and photos from the road during a March 2014 trip to Chocó, in northwestern Colombia. Topics include the conflict's impact on Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, forced displacement, illegal mining, U.S. policy – and the need to defend and work with the region's vibrant civil society.

In Colombia, a Rising Tide Sinks all Ports

Free trade has failed to bring prosperity to Colombia’s largest port city
Analysis & Commentary
President Obama calls existing human and labor rights deficiencies in Colombia just details that need to be worked out. The reality on the ground is far more grave.

Obama-Santos Meeting Should Highlight Human, Labor Rights Issues in Colombia

Human Rights Groups Call on White House to Pressure Colombian President on Continued Rights Violations, Express Support for Peace
Analysis & Commentary
On December 3, 2013, President Obama will meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Obama should emphasize U.S. support for the peace process and press for more progress on human rights.

Agreements Reached after the Peaceful Occupation of Government Offices

Colombian Government Must Comply
Analysis & Commentary
The Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network calls on the Colombian government to abide by the commitments it made to Afro-Colombian communities in Popayan, Cauca.

Promoting Peace, Labor Rights, and Social Inclusion in Colombia

WOLA November Colombia Update
Analysis & Commentary
Over the past several months, WOLA has worked with policymakers in DC and grassroots organizations in Colombia to ensure U.S. and Colombian laws protect human rights and promote social justice.

Bolivia is not a Narco-state

Analysis & Commentary
While it continues to struggle with drug trafficking, Bolivia has made large steps reducing coca cultivation and cocaine production in recent years.

Impeding or Furthering Justice in Guatemala

WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt discusses the long-term impacts of the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's recent decision to reconsider Ríos-Montt's right to protection.

The Search for an Inclusive Peace: Incorporating the Voices of Afro-Colombian Victims in Colombia’s Peace Process

In this event, two noted Afro-Colombian leaders share their perspectives on the conflict and chart how Colombia can include some of its most marginalized voices in the talks.

International Declaration on tenth anniversary of Black October

Ten Years of Protecting International Fugitives: It is Time for President Obama to Extradite Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín to Bolivia
Analysis & Commentary
The massacres that devastated the families of Bolivia’s highlands ten years ago this month must not be forgotten.

Bolivia: Processes of Change

In this taped event, John Crabtree presents his new book, Bolivia: Processes of Change, which explores the achievements and limitations of Morales’ MAS administration.

After Hurricanes, Indigenous Communities in Guerrero State, Mexico are Particularly Vulnerable

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA joins Tlachinollan in calling for federal, state, and local authorities to respond to the immediate needs of communities in the La Montaña region of Mexico in a coordinated and transparent manner, and to plan for addressing the medium-term necessities that have resulted from the storm, especially the food security and housing.