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

Oil Palm Expansion and Land Accumulation in Mapiripán, Meta Colombia

Video
On July 28, guests from the Colombian NGO Justicia y Paz spoke at WOLA about the impact of oil palm expansion in rural Colombia.

For a Lasting Peace, Afro-Colombians Need a Seat at the Table

Analysis & Commentary
After more than two years of negotiations between Colombia’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s peace process can be strengthened by finding ways to engage a broader set of civil society stakeholders: Afro-Colombians.

Pope’s Visit to Bolivia Underscores Need for Drug Law Reform

Analysis & Commentary
In a long-anticipated trip, Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia today. His trip underscores the need for drug law reform.

Is There an Opening for International Observation of Venezuela’s Legislative Election?

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde takes a look