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 Peace Process: Some Frequently Asked Questions

Explanations of key issues at a difficult moment in the FARC-government peace talks
Analysis & Commentary
For over 25 years, the Washington Office on Latin America has closely tracked Colombia's armed conflict and efforts to end it. Here is our assessment of the current moment.

What Colombia's 'Truth Commission' Can, and Can't, Do

Analysis & Commentary
Senior Associate for Regional Security Adam Isacon explains the mandate of the recently-established truth commission in Colombia, as the country's peace talks face a fragile moment.

With Colombia's Conflict Escalating, What's Next for Peace Talks?

Analysis & Commentary
Colombia’s peace process with the FARC continues to wobble from the blow dealt by an April 15 guerrilla attack. Is there any way for the government and guerrillas to move peace talks forward?

Ending Coca Fumigation in Colombia is the Right Call

Can Colombia Now Seize the Opportunity to Create a More Humane and Sustainable Approach to Reducing Coca Cultivation?
Analysis & Commentary
As the decades-long program of spraying coca crops with herbicides comes to an end, WOLA reflects on the history of flawed policy and what should replace it.