All Content: internal displacement

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

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

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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.

Latin America Drug Policy Dialogue 2014 Quito

Analysis & Commentary
In this WOLA-TNI informal drug policy dialogue, civil society and government representatives discussed reform efforts throughout the region.

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.

DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs Honors WOLA's Gimena Sánchez

Analysis & Commentary
On February 19, 2014, the DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs honored WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli for her tireless work to promote the human rights of Afro-Descendent communities in Colombia.

Afro-Colombians Targeted for Standing Up for Their Rights

WOLA Briefs Congressional Black Caucus on Dire Situation
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Congressional Black Caucus aides, WOLA identifies dangerous trend of attacks against afrodescendant leaders and calls for action.

Conference: Perspectives on Colombia’s Peace Process and Opportunities for U.S. Engagement

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In this event, Colombian and U.S. analysts, human rights defenders, and policymakers came together to discuss the status of the peace process and the role of the United States after an eventual agreement.

Court’s Ruling on Operation Genesis a Leap Forward for Justice for Afro-Colombian Victims

Analysis & Commentary
In a major decision, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights ruled that Colombia was responsible for not preventing the 1997 displacement of thousands of Afro-Colombians.

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.

Civil Society Groups call on Colombian Attorney General to Investigate Killings of Women in Buenaventura

GAIDEPAC Letter Demands Action in Response to 12 Assassinations
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA joined individuals and human rights organizations from throughout the hemisphere in calling for investigations into the recent wave of killings of women in Buenaventura.

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.

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

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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.

Land, Armed Conflict, and Megaprojects in Colombia

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In this event, human rights lawyer Manuel Garzon described the challenges to Colombia's land restitution program and outlined legal responses to endemic abuses in Colombia.

Progress and Pitfalls in Colombia’s Sugar Fields

Labor Rights Remain a Dream Unrealized for Colombia’s Workers
Analysis & Commentary
While a recent court case is encouraging, the vast majority of Colombia's workers continue to see their rights trampled.