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United States officials declined to attend key meetings on human rights issues on Tuesday, citing legal battles over President Donald Trump's executive orders aimed at banning refugees and travelers from Muslim-majority countries, authorities said.The hearings by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights were planned to question U.S. officials on the impact of Trump's orders, which have been stalled in the courts, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, a participant.A U.S. State Department spokesman said the United States has "tremendous respect" for the IACHR but had told the rights group it could not attend Tuesday's hearings in Washington.
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