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 Colombia-Venezuela Border Crisis Must Be Resolved Respecting Human Rights

Analysis & Commentary
To address their border dispute, Venezuela and Colombia need to sit down and figure out how to resolve their issues without xenophobia or hostile rhetoric, in a responsible manner that targets the real problems.

65 Members of Congress Support Colombian Peace Process, Victims

Analysis & Commentary
Two new high-profile letters of support for the Colombian peace process showcase the deep commitment to peace in Colombia shared by a number of U.S. members of Congress.

Oil Palm Expansion and Land Accumulation in Mapiripán, Meta Colombia

Video
On July 28, guests from the Colombian NGO Justicia y Paz spoke at WOLA about the impact of oil palm expansion in rural Colombia.

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.