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 Military: Supporters or Saboteurs of the Peace Process?

Analysis & Commentary
The Colombian military generally presents a united front in supporting the government's ongoing peace talks with FARC rebels, but there are signs of serious dissent within the officer corp. WOLA Senior Associate Adam Isacson takes a closer look.

A Bilateral Cease-Fire in Colombia: What Must Be Negotiated?

Analysis & Commentary
Senior Associate Adam Isacson offers his take on Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' changed stance on a bilateral ceasefire with the FARC.

Afro-Colombian Activists Facing Increased Threats

U.S. and Colombian Governments Must Improve Protection for the Victims and Sanction Perpetrators
Analysis & Commentary
A recent wave of threats against Colombian human rights defenders underscores the need for immediate action.

Biofuels: A False Global Solution and Local Destruction in Colombia

Analysis & Commentary
In this book on biofuels, WOLA Senior Associate Gimena Sanchez contributes a chapter on the impact of palm oil on displaced and Afro-Colombian communities.