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Report finds pandemic erodes 80 democracies

Democracy and human rights deteriorated in 80 nations since the coronavirus pandemic began early this year, Freedom House reported.

Democracy and human rights deteriorated in 40% of the world's nations from rising authoritarianism and inequalities in health systems during the coronavirus pandemic, Freedom House reported on Friday.

"Governments have responded by engaging in abuses of power, silencing their critics, and weakening or shuttering important institutions, often undermining the very systems of accountability needed to protect public health," the international organization, U.S.-based Freedom House, said in its latest report, "Democracy under Lockdown," warning of a continued decline in global democracy.

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