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A $1-million shortfall is threatening help for human rights victims in the Americas

A $1-million shortfall is threatening help for human rights victims in the Americas

A U.S.-backed commission that helps provide justice for victims of human rights abuses in the Americas is in danger of collapse because of a severe cash crunch.

Advocates say some donor governments may be happy to see the Washington-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights falter because it has harshly criticized them.

Hearings and fact-finding trips have been canceled for the rest of the year and nearly half the 78 staff members will be laid off this summer if the commission can’t make up an immediate $1-million shortfall, officials said.

As a result, pending investigations -- including those looking into allegations of rapes of indigenous women...

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