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WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

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WOLA is a leading research and advocacy organizations working to advance human rights in the Americas. To learn more about WOLA's work, please watch this short video.

This Report on Colombia's Lessons Has a Lot of Problems

A U.S. military school's report draws dangerous conclusions from inaccurate facts
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA finds numerous inaccuracies in a report from the Joint Special Operations University about the U.S. experience in Colombia. An attached PDF highlights problems with the report, which attacks human rights defenders and issues dangerous recommendations for U.S. military engagement worldwide.

Examining the Likely Impacts of U.S. Sanctions Targeting Venezuelan Officials

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In this taped event, leading Venezuela analysts examine the impacts of proposed U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan officials. The panelists argue that sanctions will reduce the chances for dialogue and a resolution to existing tensions.

A "Victims' Victory" in Mexico

Interview With Santiago Aguirre of Tlachinollan
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Mexico's Congress has voted to send cases of military human rights abuse to civilian justice. Adam and WOLA Senior Associate for Mexico Maureen Meyer talk with Santiago Aguirre, a lawyer at the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center in Guerrero, Mexico.

Bullets from Brazil: Growing Military Industrialism in Latin America

Analysis & Commentary
Latin America has developed a substantial indigenous defense industry able to market its products beyond the Western Hemisphere and across the globe. This has raised a number of issues about who the end users of the weapons are, the impact of the weapons on regional stability, and their potential for abuse.

Colombia, the United States, and Security Cooperation by Proxy

An emerging security cooperation model: Colombia is training third countries with U.S. funds
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Colombia is increasingly training third countries' militaries and police forces, often with U.S. funds. This trend raises concerns about transparency, human rights, civilian control, and replication of a highly questioned "drug war model." This report presents new information about this growing practice.

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
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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 Human Rights Landscape in Colombia: Adam Isacson's testimony before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Testimony of Adam Isacson before the House of Representatives' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Analysis & Commentary
Colombia is negotiating to end a conflict that has killed 220,000 people in the past 55 years. Adam Isacson, WOLA senior associate for regional security policy, gives a 360-degree overview of the conflict, the negotiations, security challenges, and human rights, in testimony before the House of Representatives' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

Why Mexico should Reform its Military Code of Justice

Analysis & Commentary
Passing a comprehensive reform to the Military Code of Justice send a strong message to the members of Mexico’s armed forces that they are not immune to prosecution

40 Years After the Coup in Chile

Joe Eldridge, WOLA's co-founder, was in Santiago on September 11, 1973
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On September 11, 1973, democracy came to a violent end in Chile. Joe Eldridge, the chaplain of American University, was there. Here, he recounts the terror of those days, and the revelations of the U.S. role, which led him to co-found WOLA a year later.

Militaries as Police

A conversation with Sarah Kinosian of the Center for International Policy
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Militaries are getting involved in policing throughout Latin America. Adam talks to Sarah Kinosian of the Center for International Policy, who wrote a series of posts to the Just the Facts blog documenting this trend in Guatemala, Honduras, and Venezuela.

Armed Conflict and Public Security in Colombia

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Analyst Ariel Avila sheds light on the complex security situation in Colombia and what the peace process could mean for the country in this taped event.

Public Security in El Salvador: Civilian Leadership and the Challenges Ahead

The Constitutional Court’s Dismissal of Generals Munguía Payés and Salinas
Analysis & Commentary
On Friday, May 17, the Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador’s Supreme Court affirmed that the appointment of former General David Munguía Payés as Minister of Justice and Public Security and former General Francisco Salinas as director of the National Civilian Police violated the constitutional requirement that these posts be held by civilians.

WOLA Q&A on President Obama's Visit to Mexico

Presidential Visit Attempts to Shift the Narrative, But What Has Really Changed?
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U.S. Congress Supports Peace in Colombia

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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.

Civil Society and the Resurgent Struggle against Impunity in Uruguay (1986–2012)

Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt in the International Journal of Transitional Justice
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WOLA Senior Fellow Jo-Marie Burt explores the role of civil society in pursuing justice in Uruguay.

Will You Support Peace in Colombia?

Ask Your Representative to Sign a Dear Colleague Letter Promoting Peace in Colombia
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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.