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

How Both Sides See the Recent Ups and Downs of Colombia's Peace Process

Analysis & Commentary
The last seven months have seen the pendulum of Colombia’s peace process swing back and forth rather wildly. For the months ahead, it’s worth looking at the volatile swings of 2015 from both sides’ on-the-record perspectives.

WOLA: Defending Workers’ Rights in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In addition to supporting broader human rights in Colombia, WOLA works to ensure that union activists in the country do not face violence for their work. In recent years, this has meant monitoring the implementation of the Colombian Labor Action Plan (LAP).

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.

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.