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US State Department urges Turkey to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms

YEREVAN, MARCH 17, ARMENPRESS. The United States urged Turkey to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, reports “Armenpress”.

During a daily press briefing at the State Department, the reporter said currently there are over 150 journalists in jail in Turkey, pressures are exerted on the opposition, and Turkey is going to a referendum under such circumstances. Asked how the US reacts on such human rights issues in Turkey, acting spokesperson Mark Toner said: “We urge Turkey to respect and ensure freedom of expression, fair trial guarantees, judicial independence, and other essential freedoms”.

As for the constitutional referendum, Mark Toner said it is a matter for the Turkish people to debate and decide.

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