Roxanna Altholz

Daughter of Slain Environmentalist Connects Migrant Caravan to Honduran Government’s Failures

Roxanna Altholz mentioned in KQED, November 2, 2018

Roxanna Altholz, who co-directs the International Human Rights Clinic at Berkeley Law, said Honduran authorities have withheld and even erased evidence from dozens of computers, cell phones and other electronic devices during the investigation.

“I am very concerned this is a show trial and it’s a trial being used to shield the masterminds, the intellectual authors, from accountability,” said Altholz, who was on the team of international attorneys aiding the family.

Environmentalist’s murder a criminal plot, new report says

Roxanna Altholz quoted by, Nov. 2, 2017

“We recommend that the current prosecutors and agents responsible for the investigation be removed, that a new team be put into place that is independent and impartial, that an exhaustive investigation be conducted that identifies, prosecutes and punishes the intellectual authors and the material authors of the crime,” Altholz said.

Murder of Berta Caceres part of calculated plot: report

Roxanna Altholz quoted by Al Jazeera, Oct. 31, 2017

“The public ministry has seized in raids dozens and dozens of computers, telephone chips, SIM cards, iPads, all kinds of electronic apparatus,” Altholz said. “We are very concerned about what’s going to happen with that evidence,” she added. “What we found is an investigation that falls well short of international standards and seems to be driving towards impunity.”

Who ordered killing of Honduran activist? Evidence of broad plot is found

Roxanna Altholz quoted by The New York Times, Oct. 28, 2017

“There was this criminal structure comprised of company executives and employees, state agents and criminal gangs that used violence, threats and intimidation,” said Roxanna Altholz, the associate director of the Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, and a member of the lawyers’ group.

Trump administration breaks human rights traditions in border patrol beating death case

Roxanna Altholz quoted by All Gov, Aug. 16, 2017

Altholz said the United States faces “high political costs for that failure” to respond to the petition. …  “One need only to look at the newspapers to understand how regional leadership in human rights is particularly important right now,” Altholz said. “To be very simple, the United States will lose the case, and lose it badly.”

Inter-American Commission takes up border patrol killing

Roxanna Altholz quoted by Courthouse News Service, May 18, 2017

Roxanna Altholz, the family’s attorney and associate director of the UC Berkeley Law School’s Human Rights Law Clinic, said the case will test if the U.S. government will cooperate and respond to the petition. She said the Obama administration “had a policy of robust and constructive engagement” in responding to other cases filed with the commission, but whether the Trump administration will take the same approach remains unclear.

Families of victims of Colombia’s paramilitaries get their day in US court

Roxanna Altholz quoted by The Guardian, March 2, 2017

“Victims of [the Mexican drug boss Joaquín] Chapo Guzmán or other leaders of cartels or members of security forces or politicians who face drug charges could also face their victims in US court,” said Altholz. “It’s a new way to look at drug conspiracies,” she said. “It says those tons of cocaine and ounces of heroin that reach the US are tainted with blood.”