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US warns of global attack on freedom, slams some allies

A demonstrator holds a placard reading "Free Press Free Society", outside the Istanbul courthouse on April 1, 2016
AFP

Washington (AFP) – Governments around the world are cracking down on basic freedoms, the United States warned Wednesday, in a report that did not spare key US allies like Turkey and Egypt.

Secretary of State John Kerry, writing the preface to his department’s annual human rights report, said attacks on democratic values point to a “global governance crisis.”

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