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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

Video
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
News
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.

A Dismal Anniversary

U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan Still Lacking Implementation Two Years Later
Analysis & Commentary
Two years after the passage of the U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan, Colombia's workers continue to suffer from labor violations and anti-union violence.

Will You Support Peace in Colombia?

Ask Your Representative to Sign a Dear Colleague Letter Promoting Peace in Colombia
Analysis & Commentary
The letter, co-sponsored by Reps. McGovern and Schakowsky, calls on the Department of State to support the Colombia peace process and calls for the implementation of aid and policies that promote a lasting peace.

The Colombian Government Must Take Clear, Concrete Steps to Protect Human Rights

In a Letter to the Minister of the Interior, WOLA Calls for Action
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA expresses concern over the continued violence against human rights defenders, Afro-Colombians, and trade unionists in Colombia and looks to the Interior Ministry for concrete results.

Brazil’s Lessons in Rural Development

Family Agriculture, Access to Water, and Civic Engagement
Publication
WOLA is pleased to announce the publication of the new report, “Brazil’s Lessons in Rural Development: Family Agriculture, Access to Water, and Civic Engagement,” which highlights two Brazilian policies that support small farmers.

Colombian Senator and Union Leaders in DC as Colombia FTA Nears Anniversary

Threats Against Labor Activists on the Rise in Colombia
News
Colombian labor delegation in DC denounces deplorable labor rights situation in Colombia.