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US Activists Urge Colombia to Protect Defenders, Unionists and Victims

Analysis & Commentary
In a letter directed at the newly appointed director of the National Protection Unit (​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UNP), civil society groups urge Colombia to protect human rights defenders, union organizers and victims.

Deteriorating Security Situation for Unionists in Valle del Cauca

Analysis & Commentary
U.S. and Colombian officials must take action in the wake of continued threats and attacks against human and labor rights defenders in Colombia.

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.

Colombian Trade Unionists Highlight Criminalization of Social Protest, Labor Rights Violations

In this taped event, leaders of the USO oil union outline how the Colombian government has systematically denied their right to freedom of association, social protest, and collective bargaining--despite commitments to secure improvements.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Brazil’s Lessons in Rural Development

Family Agriculture, Access to Water, and Civic Engagement
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.

Colombia labor and land update

A conversation with Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli of WOLA's Andes Program
Adam talks to Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, WOLA's senior associate for the Andes, about her recent visit to the Urabá and Atrato regions of Colombia. Topics covered include labor rights, land-rights leaders under threat, and prospects for peace talks.

GM Walks Out of Talks with Hunger Strikers in Colombia

U.S. Policymakers Must Keep Promises to Colombia’s Workers
GM’s unwillingness to dialogue suggests that much more needs to be done to protect the rights of workers in Colombia.

Colombian Trade Unionists, WOLA, and AFL-CIO Criticize Labor Action Plan Implementation

Release Report on Human and Labor Rights in Colombia
Today Colombian trade unionists, representatives from WOLA, the Escuela Nacional Sindical, and the AFL-CIO noted during a panel discussion that the Labor Action Plan (LAP) has failed to stop serious labor and human rights violations in Colombia almost two months after the U.S.-Colombia trade agreement became effective.

Colombia Human Rights Bulletin

July 2012
WOLA would like to share these documents recently published by WOLA or organizations we work with in Colombia on labor rights and human rights issues.

Murder of Trade Unionist Underscores Fragility of U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan

Threats and Attacks Have Increased Since Obama’s Announcement to Move Forward with Free Trade Agreement
The freedom to organize without fear of reprisal is fundamental to the creation of a fair working environment—Mr. Aguirre’s murder is a tragic reminder that this freedom does not exist in Colombia.

Paramilitaries Send Unionists an Invitation to Their Own Funeral

SINTRAEMCALI Subjected to More Death Threats
Analysis & Commentary
This threat by the Black Eagles paramilitaries demonstrates that trade unionists and labor activists are targeted precisely for defending basic labor rights

Congressional Statements Opposing Obama's Decision to Move Forward with FTA

Rep. McGovern and Rep. Levin Express Concerns about Labor Rights in Colombia
"At a time when threats and murders of human rights and land rights leaders are escalating, and threats and violence against labor activists continue unabated, this premature decision sends the wrong signal at the wrong time."

Obama’s Opportunity to Publicly Express Support for Trade Unions in Colombia

Union Leader’s Murder Sends Chilling Message about Lack of Labor Rights Guarantees
Analysis & Commentary
Impunity for murders and threats against labor organizers emboldens perpetrators. Virulent anti-union sentiment results in violence directed against trade unionists and labor activists.

Obama Poised To Give Presidential Seal of Approval To Gross Labor Rights Violations in Colombia

Analysis by Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli and Anthony Dest of WOLA and Dan Kovalik of the USW
Analysis & Commentary
Despite continued anti-union violence, the high rate of impunity, serious impediments to union organizing, and the dire conditions faced by workers, President Obama is now poised to announce at the Summit of the Americas that Colombia has complied with the Labor Action Plan