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

Strengthening Multilateral Defense of Human Rights in the Americas

Analysis & Commentary
At this year's Summit of the Americas, member countries should work for a resolution to the political crisis in Venezuela alongside an end to U.S. sanctions on the country.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Address Brazil’s Truth Commission

NGOs call for IACHR to Monitor Progress on Commission's Recommendations
On Friday, March 20, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) will hold a hearing on the December 2014 report of Brazil’s National Truth Commission (CNV).

WOLA Supports Luis Almagro's Bid for OAS Secretary General

Analysis & Commentary
Uruguay’s former Minister of Foreign Relations, Luis Almagro, is well-suited to take on the challenges facing the Organization of American States (OAS) in the 21st century.

Executive Order on Venezuela: WOLA's Response

David Smilde offers his take on the new sanctions against Venezuelan officials
WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde responds to the March 9 Executive Order implementing and expanding targeted U.S. sanctions on seven Venezuelan individuals.