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.”
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.
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.
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.
-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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
The Miami Herald, Oct. 9, by Frances Robles http://www.miamiherald.com/news/americas/v-print/story/719236.html
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.”
Inside Costa Rica, July 26, by Helda Martinezhttp://insidecostarica.com/special_reports/2008-07/colombia_us_lawyers.htmTwo 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.”