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

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.

WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Video
WOLA is a leading research and advocacy organizations working to advance human rights in the Americas. To learn more about WOLA's work, please watch this short video.

Colombia Must Take Steps to Protect Colombian Educational Union

WOLA letter calls for action on threats, attacks against SINDESENA
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to the Director General of the SENA job training school in Colombia, WOLA calls for action to protect the school's union and students' legitimate rights to association and free speech.

Following Social Security Institute Liquidation, Colombia Must Pay the Pensions it Owes

Letter to Colombian President, Labor Minister express concern over labor rights violations
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, WOLA expresses concern over Colombia's apparent refusal to pay its former workers their duly-earned pensions and medical benefits.