Though Colombia has enacted some of the Western Hemisphere’s most progressive human rights laws, Colombians continue to face grave human rights violations. Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities, particularly in rural areas, bear the brunt of ongoing violence and repression.
WOLA partners with organizations throughout Colombia and abroad to shed light on abuses, dismantle remaining illegal armed groups and their structures, and advocate for policies that uphold the rights of all Colombians. WOLA also works with labor leaders in Colombia to ensure that workers’ rights are respected and state policies effectively identify and punish violations of these rights. Lasting change, however, will only be possible if the perpetrators of human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings are prosecuted and the defenders of human rights are protected.