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

Colombia's Labor Decree 583 a Step Back for Labor Rights

In Letter to Labor Miniter WOLA Expresses Concerns
Analysis & Commentary
The new Decree regulates and defines certain aspects of labor outsourcing in Colombia, such as independent contractor, and permanent activity. Its language leaves more questions than answers for Colombian workers.

A Summary of the FARC-Government Ceasefire and Disarmament Accord

Analysis & Commentary
The government of Colombia and FARC announced a historic accord that sets out a road map for disarming and demobilizing the FARC after a final peace accord is signed.

An Evolving Threat: Assessing Paramilitaries in Colombia

Video
While peace talks with the two largest guerrilla groups in Colombia are moving forward, another security threat is looming on the horizon.