South America

WOLA has a long history of working on South America. WOLA's commitment to analysis and advocacy that promotes human rights, social justice, and democracy was forged in response to the coup d'etat in Chile in the early 70's and the military dictatorships that prevailed in that era.

Today, WOLA tackles a variety of issues throughout the region. Here you will find analysis of the political landscape in Venezuela, transitional justice issues, and hemispheric relations in general.

South America News & Analysis

UNASUR Mission to Venezuela Must Call for Respect for Human Rights, Promote Dialogue

WOLA joins 32 regional organizations in highlighting recommendations for the upcoming visit by UNASUR ministers
News
In a letter to the foreign ministers of Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador, WOLA joins 32 other NGOs in calling on the upcoming UNASUR delegation to promote inclusive dialogue and call for the respect of human rights.

Chavismo Under Pressure: Economic Crisis and Political Challenges in Venezuela

Video
On February 25, WOLA hosted an assessment of Venezuela's political and economic forecast featuring two leading experts on the country: WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde and Michael McCarthy of the American University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS).

Venezuela’s Other Crisis: A Justice System Dismantled From Within

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde argues that Venezuela's judicial system has become increasingly politicized, reflecting a society in which “rule by law” is taking precedence over “rule of law.”

WOLA Guantanamo Fact Sheet

Analysis & Commentary
On December 7, 2014, six detainees were transferred from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo to Uruguay. The detainees had been cleared for transfer by the special Guantanamo Periodic Review Board, which determined that their release would not represent a security threat.