Colombia

... monitoring the peace process and human rights

Colombia has suffered the longest internal armed conflict in the region. Even as peace negotiations proceed, human rights abuses and mass displacement continue. Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, as well as human and labor rights activists, bear the brunt of violence. At the same time, the country continues to be Latin America's largest recipient of U.S. military assistance. WOLA advocates for a negotiated end to the conflict, a shift away from U.S. military assistance, and for human rights and social justice policies that are essential for a lasting peace.

Key Program Themes

The Colombian Peace Process

Colombia is negotiating an end to its decades-long conflict. Click here to learn more about the conflict, the talks, and WOLA’s advocacy for a lasting peace.

U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and Labor Rights

As Colombia strengthens trade ties with the United States, Colombian workers continue to suffer from anti-union violence and labor rights violations. Click here to learn what WOLA is doing to support fundamental workers’ rights.

Human Rights in Colombia

Colombia’s internal armed conflict has led to massive human rights abuses, greatly affecting Afro-Colombian, indigenous, and displaced persons. Click here to see how WOLA sheds light on the situation of Colombia’s most marginalized populations and advocates for more effective policies that put human rights first.

Colombia News & Analysis

The Many Lessons of Plan Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
Although Plan Colombia's strategy has achieved important advances, it’s still not time to declare “mission accomplished.” In a post-conflict scenario, it is vital to develop state institutions in Colombia's rural areas and a new plan, with generous support from international donors, is needed.

President Obama to Request New Aid to Colombia

Announcement Expected During Colombian President Santos’ Visit
News
President Obama is expected to ask Congress for an expanded aid package to Colombia, but new aid to the country must be used to address Colombia’s biggest post-conflict challenges.

Questions for President Obama and Colombian President Santos Ahead of Washington Visit

News
Ahead of a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and U.S. President Barack Obama, WOLA and LAWGEF have prepared the following list of questions for members of the press to consider asking both presidents.

Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration

A Guide for Policy Reform in Latin America and the Caribbean
Publication
This guide presents public policies to address the harmful mass incarceration of women for drug offenses in Latin America and the Caribbean.