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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

Publication
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

Video
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

Video
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.

NGOs Deplore Violence Against Colombian Protesters

U.S., Colombian Authorities Must take Action After Four are Killed in Catatumbo, Colombia
Analysis & Commentary
U.S. organizations express concern over the violent response of the Colombian armed forces to peasant protests in Catatumbo. Four civilians have been killed, allegedly at the hands of public security forces.

The Guatemala Genocide Case: Using the Legal System to Defeat Justice

With Ríos Montt Trial Partially Annulled, Justice and Rule of Law Hang in the Balance
Analysis & Commentary
Ríos Montt’s defense lawyers seem to have achieved—at least temporarily—their chief objective: to use the legal system to defeat justice. Will key actors within state and civil society be able to turn this around so that substantive justice can prevail?

After the Verdict: What Ríos Montt’s Conviction Means for Guatemala

Analysis & Commentary
The Ríos Montt verdict is historic; he is the first former head of state to be convicted of genocide by a national court. His trial and conviction in the face of numerous attempts to interfere with the process means that there were two victories in Guatemala last week.

Ríos Montt Discussion From October 1982

Video
Former WOLA Assistant Dana Martin, one of the earliest members of WOLA staff, comments on the regime of Efraín Ríos Montt in a 1982 video interview with Jim Lehrer and Charlene Hunter Gault. WOLA has been closely following the human rights situation in Guatemala for decades.

Verdict in Guatemala Genocide Trial Expected Today

News
Q&A with WOLA's Program Director, Geoff Thale

Verdict in Guatemala Genocide Trial: Q&A with Geoff Thale

Video
Q&A with WOLA's Program Director, Geoff Thale filmed in anticipation of the verdict in the historic genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt. The conviction, which sentenced Ríos Montt to 80 years in prison, is an enormous victory for justice and the rule of law in Guatemala.

International Groups Welcome Progress in Guatemalan Genocide Trial but Criticize Delaying Tactics

News
Nine international human rights and legal groups have welcomed the resumption of the Guatemalan trial of Efraín Ríos Montt, the former military dictator, for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Guatemalan Genocide Trial Back on Track?

News
In an encouraging move, on April 25 the Constitutional Court issued a ruling that would allow the case to essentially pick up where it left off when it was suspended last week.

U.S. Congress Supports Peace in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, 62 members of Congress call for U.S. policy to support peace with justice as the country continues negotiations to end its internal conflict.