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WOLA Announces Recipients of Its 2014 Human Rights Awards

2014 Honorees Personify Leadership and Dedication to Human Rights in the Americas
It is with great pleasure that WOLA announces the recipients of its prestigious Human Rights Awards for 2014. The occasion will honor two distinguished leaders who have shown a dedication to advancing human rights in the Americas: U.S. Congressman George Miller and Dra. Claudia Paz y Paz of Guatemala.

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.

May Colombia Labor Rights Update

Analysis & Commentary
In an letter to policymakers, WOLA offers an update on the labor rights situation in Colombia

House Leaders Call on Colombian President To Investigate Recent Bombing, Protect Worker Safety

Analysis & Commentary
Members of the U.S. Congressional Monitoring Group on Labor Rights in Colombia highlight their concerns about continued violence, labor rights violations.

Major Colombian Union Suffers Bombing

Colombian Government must Investigate
Analysis & Commentary
The headquarters of SINTRAEMCALI were attacked on April 16; the Colombian government must investigate.

Three Years of Non-Compliance with the Obama-Santos Colombia Labor Action Plan

Widespread Labor Rights Violations Continue Years after Landmark Agreement
Analysis & Commentary
According to a new report from the Colombia National Labor School and a declaration from leading unions and NGOs, labor rights violations continue in Colombia.

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.

Rethinking NAFTA after 20 Years

Open letter to the heads of state of Mexico, the United States, and Canada
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA and other international organizations sent an open letter to leaders of Mexico, the United States, and Canada as they prepare to meet for the sixth North American Leaders' Summit.

U.S. Congress Expresses Concern over Anti-Union Violence in Colombia

Letter to Colombian Attorney General Demands Protection for Union Leaders
Analysis & Commentary
In a January 27, 2014, letter to Colombian Attorney General Luis Eduardo Montealegre, Congressmen Miller, Levin, and McGovern expressed their concern over continued threats and attacks against trade unionists in Colombia.

U.S. Policy in Colombia: Success Story or Cautionary Tale?

Analysis & Commentary
Washington's pursuit of trade with Colombia — encapsulated by the recent U.S.-Colombia free-trade agreement — is abetting human rights abuses and marginalizing Colombian activists.

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.

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.

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.

Cuba’s New Cooperatives

What do They Mean for Productivity and Worker Rights?
Analysis & Commentary
The Cuban government recognizes that it needs to shrink its inefficient and bloated state sector, but it is wary of the private sector; cooperatives are seen as a potential compromise solution.

Interview with Marino Cordoba of AFRODES

Afro-Colombian leader Marino Cordoba talks to WOLA's Adam Isacson about AFRODES's struggles, its efforts to get the Colombian government to hear their demands for justice, and the urgent need to protect AFRODES leaders from threats to their security.

The Afro-Colombian Situation Requires More U.S. Action

WOLA Staff Analyze Continued Racism in Colombia
Analysis & Commentary
In this article, WOLA staff identify endemic racism in Colombia and call for US pressure to ensure racial equality.

Upon Colombian Labor Minister's Visit to Washington, Labor Rights Violations Continue

WOLA Letter to Labor Minister Pardo Expresses Concern Over Lack of Progress
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Colombian Minister of Labor Rafael Pardo, WOLA expresses concern over continued labor rights violations as the Labor Action Plan remains unimplemented.

Colombian Senators, Labor Unions, and Civil Society to Participate in Senate hearing on Labor Rights in Colombia

Livestreamed Press Conference Tomorrow will Address Lack of Implementation of U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan
Colombian Senator Alexander López Maya and WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli will host a press conference on Friday, April 23 on the status of labor rights in Colombia.

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.