In the News

Roxanna Altholz in the news:

Rios Montt genocide plaintiffs seek international help after Guatemala court delays trial

Roxanna Altholz quoted in McClatchy DC, November 7, 2013

“There are, of course, concerns about unjustified delays,” said Roxanna Altholz…. “Rios Montt is an older man, and these crimes occurred over 30 years ago.”

New court ruling another obstacle in genocide prosecution of Guatemala’s Rios Montt

Roxanna Altholz quoted in McClatchy DC, October 25, 2013

“I found the Rios Montt trials and legal proceedings to be Kafkaesque almost,” said Roxanna Altholz…. “There are all kinds of factors that are confusing…. It’s not just that the system is arcane, it’s that it’s configured to support impunity.”

Dominican court’s ruling on citizenship stirs emotions in New York

Roxanna Altholz quoted in The New York Times, October 17, 2013

In 2010, the Dominican Constitution was amended to define undocumented residents as “in transit,” and the recent Constitutional Court decision retroactively applied the definition to all the undocumented parents of the children born in the country since 1929, Ms. Altholz said.

Citizenship in the Dominican Republic

Roxanna Altholz interviewed by WNYC, The Brian Lehrer Show, October 8, 2013

The decision has implications for about a half a million people in the Dominican Republic…. The decision links the right of nationality of Dominican-born Haitians to the legal status of their parents. So, any child or any adult whose parents cannot prove their legal residency in the Dominican Republic will be stripped of their nationality.

Experts fear Dominican ruling on Haitian migrants could cause crisis

Roxanna Altholz quoted by the Associated Press, September 28, 2013

Roxanna Altholz … said she was concerned about how the Dominican Republic has very deep roots of violent racism against Dominican-Haitians and Haitians. “Are they going to do summary expulsions? Is the Dominican Republic going to conduct raids? I don’t know how they’re going to implement this decision,” she said.

The AP story ran in dozens of outlets, including the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Businessweek.

Roxanna Altholz Denounces U.S. Policy on Jailed Colombian Drug Lords

-PBS WIDE ANGLE, September 10, 2010 by Jennifer Janisch and Oriana Zill de Granados

According to Roxanna Altholz, a Colombian-American lawyer and Acting Head of University of California, Berkeley’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, the confessions were an important part of Colombia’s peace process. “In the U.S., justice looks something like long prison terms,” she says. “In Colombia, justice is truth…. They had incentives in Colombia to talk,” says Altholz. “What incentives do defendants facing drug charges and long jail sentences in the U.S. have to talk about their human rights abuses in Colombia?”

-The Washington Post, September 11, 2010 by Oriana Zill de Granados and Chisun Lee

Roxanna Altholz … who represents Colombian victims of paramilitary violence, said the United States has broken a promise made on the day of the extraditions by Ambassador William R. Brownfield…. “So far,” Altholz said, “none of those promises have been kept.”

Roxanna Altholz Discusses New Report on Extradited Colombian Paramilitaries

Just the Facts Podcast, March 2, 2010 Host Adam Isacson

“The report, Truth Behind Bars, provides an update on the status of US drug prosecutions that involve these 30 paramilitary leaders.  It also evaluates what the impact of the extraditions has been on the Colombian accountability measures; the ongoing human rights and corruption investigations in Colombia.”

Roxanna Altholz Criticizes U.S. for Keeping Extradited Drug Lords from Colombian Authorities

Colombia Reports, February 16, 2010 by Kirsten Begg

“Those who form public policy in the U.S. have a moral and legal responsibility to help Colombian authorities resolve these horrendous crimes. If the U.S. actively supports confessions, this will help to strengthen the state, to resolve murders in Colombia and to dismantle the violent drug cartels,” said Roxanna Altholz, associate director of the IHRLC.

Roxanna Altholz Wants U.S. to Cooperate with Colombian Investigations of Drug Lords

El Espectador, February 15, 2010 by Diane Carolina

“Those who form public policy in the U.S. have a moral and legal responsibility to help Colombian authorities resolve these horrendous crimes. If the U.S. actively supports confessions, this will help to strengthen the state, to resolve murders in Colombia, and to dismantle the violent drug cartels.”

Roxanna Altholz Accuses U.S. of Failing Victims of Colombian Paramilitary

The Miami Herald, Oct. 9, by Frances Robles

Roxanna M. Altholz, Associate Director International Human Rights Law Clinic … said the U.S. government is not doing all it can to make sure the victims get justice. She represents victims of seven paramilitary chiefs, including bosses Diego Murillo (aka ‘Don Berna’) and Salvatore Mancuso. ”The reality is,” she said, ”that they are striking deals with individuals who are responsible for more murders than [Chilean dictator Augusto] Pinochet.”

Roxanna Altholz to Defend Victims of Colombian Paramilitaries

Inside Costa Rica, July 26, by Helda Martinez human rights lawyers from the United States announced in the Colombian capital that they will defend the victims of paramilitary chiefs who were recently extradited to the United States. “Analyzing U.S. legislation, we want to outline a strategy that would allow us to take legal steps to enable the victims to participate in the prosecutions against the extradited paramilitary chiefs,” said Colombia-born Altholz…. “We cannot expect immediate results, but we are completely dedicated to this.”

Roxanna Altholz Blames Colombian Government for Escobar’s Rise to Power

KGO-TV, Feb. 15, by Eric Thomas

“It is important to recognize that for certain neighborhoods in Medellin, Pablo Escobar was a policeman, he was the judge, he was the executioner, he was the bank, he was a social service provider,” said human rights attorney Roxanna Altholz…. “Pablo’s rise to power is a story about the weakness of the Colombian government.”