The John Merck Fund

Human Rights

2003 Grants

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Grants in or Related to Latin America

Asociacion de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos$30,000

To monitor, report on and publicize forced disappearances in Colombia. First installment of a three-year, $90,000 grant.

Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos$90,000

To promote the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations for handling cases of human rights violations.

Center for Justice and International Law$100,000

To promote human rights in Latin America by litigating cases of human rights violations in the Inter-American System and training Latin American organizations and lawyers in litigation.

Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales$69,000

To litigate cases of human rights violations in Argentina before federal and international courts. First installment of a three-year, $200,000 grant.

Comision Colombiana de Juristas$100,000

To promote human rights in Colombia using litigation, policy analysis and public education.

Consultorķa para los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento$50,000

To promote and protect the rights of displaced people in Colombia.

Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos$90,000

To promote and protect human rights in Peru, with an emphasis on monitoring compliance with recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. First installment of a two-year, $180,000 grant.

Equipo Argentino de Antropologia Forense$75,000

To conduct forensic human rights investigations and training in Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador and Mexico. First installment of a two-year, $150,000 grant.

Fundacion Documentacion y Archivo de la Vicaria de la Solidaridad$45,000

To preserve archival documents relating to human rights in Chile in the 20th century.

Global Rights Partners for Justice$55,000

To build the capacity of African descendants in Latin America to combat racial discrimination.

Instituto Solidaridad y Desarrollo$65,000

To coordinate a regional workshop to explore the possibility of establishing a human rights public policy oversight system within Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Red de Defensores Comunitarios por los Derechos Humanos$40,000

To protect and promote indigenous human rights in the state of Chiapas, Mexico through the network's coordinating office, and to provide basic, understandable legal education to indigenous peoples.

Tlachinollan Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montana$40,000

To provide legal assistance and support to indigenous people in Mexico's state of Guerrero.

Universidad Catolica Andres Bello$40,000

To promote and protect the rights to freedom of expression and information in Venezuela, bringing together representatives from the media, the public interest sector, government and academia.

Universidad Catolica Andres Bello$23,000

To train government employees in Venezuela on the interpretation and implementation of national and international legislation dealing with refugee issues.

Universidad Diego Portales$50,000

To research and prepare an annual report on human rights in Chile, which will be used to promote human rights standards within the country.

Washington Office on Latin America$75,000

To promote human rights in Latin America by working with and supporting human rights organizations in the region and attempting to influence US policy in regard to Latin America.

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Core Grantees

Human Rights First$150,000

To promote human rights around the world by assisting human rights defenders, protecting refugees in flight from persecution and repression, creating safeguards for workers' rights, supporting the International Criminal Court, and responding to US government measures that impinge on basic rights.

Human Rights Watch$150,000

To promote human rights around the world by providing legal defense and advocacy on behalf of victims of human rights violations.

Physicians for Human Rights$150,000

To mobilize the medical and scientific communities to investigate human rights abuses, and to promote and protect human rights around the world.

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Grants to Other Regions or Issues

Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group$33,000

To monitor, document and publicize human rights violations in East Jerusalem, Gaza and West Bank. Third installment of a three-year, $99,000 grant.

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Protecting Threatened Activists

Human Rights Watch$22,500

To provide emergency support to threatened human rights advocates from Afghanistan, Congo, Indonesia, and Singapore.

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International Human Rights Funders Group$1,000

To provide general support.

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