China hits back with report on U.S. human rights record

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China on Sunday retorted the U.S. criticism and distortions of its human rights situation by publishing a report of the U.S. human rights record.

The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2012 was released by the Information Office of China’s State Council, or the Cabinet, in response to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012 issued by the U.S. State Department.

Full Text of Human Rights Record of the United States in 2012

China in the report argued that there are serious human rights problems in the U.S. which incur extensive criticism in the world, as it has posed as “the world judge of human rights” again.

“As in previous years, the reports are full of carping and irresponsible remarks on the human rights situation in more than 190 countries and regions including China,” China said in its report. “However, the U.S. turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation and never said a word about it.”

CLOSER SURVEILLANCE OF CITIZENS

U.S. citizens’ civil and political rights were further restricted by the government, the report says.

The U.S. government continues to step up surveillance of ordinary citizens, restricting and reducing the freedom of the U.S. society to a considerable extent, and seriously violating the freedom of citizens, according to the report.

The U.S. congress approved a bill in 2012 that authorized the government to conduct warrantless wiretapping and electronic communications monitoring, a move that violated people’s rights to privacy.

According to documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union in last September, federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly monitoring American’s electronic communications.

The National Security Agency collects purely domestic communications of Americans in a “significant and systematic” way, intercepting and storing 1.7 billion emails, phone calls and other types of communications every day, the report says.

Also, the police often abused their power, resulting in increasing complaints and charges for infringement upon civil rights, the report said.

The proportion of women in the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault kept increasing in the U.S., it adds.

MORE VIOLENT CRIMES INVOLVING GUNS

Firearms-related crimes posed serious threat to the lives and personal security of citizens in the U.S, the report says.

Last year, several shootings left astonishing casualties, such as the school shooting in Oakland, the Century 16 theater shooting in Colorado and the school shooting in Connecticut.

Americans are the most heavily armed people in the world per capita and firearms-related violent crimes posed as one of the most serious threats to the lives and personal security of the U.S. citizens, the report said.

According to a CNN report in last July, there were an estimated 270 million guns in the hands of civilians in the U.S. and more than 100,000 people were shot by guns each year. In 2010, there were more than 30,000 deaths caused by firearms.

However, the U.S. government has done little in gun control, the report says.

MONEY WARS IN POLITICS

The U.S. citizens have never really enjoyed common and equal suffrage, the report said.

Despite an increase of over eight million citizens in the eligible population in the U.S. presidential election of 2012, voter turnout registered a drop of five million from four years before, with only 57.5 percent of eligible citizens voting, according to the report.

The U.S. election is like money wars, with trends of the country’s policies deeply influenced by political donations, it says.

The 2012 election had an estimated cost totaling six billion U.S. dollars with both groups having funding support from business giants, it says.

WORSENING POVERTY, INCOME GAP

Poverty in the U.S. has increasingly worsened since the global financial crisis in 2008, the report says.

The poverty rate in the U.S. was 15 percent in 2011, with 46.2 million people in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau data released in last September.

The gap between the rich and poor is growing in the U.S. over the years, the report adds.

The U.S. has the fourth worst income inequality compared to other developed countries, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Its Gini index was 0.477 in 2011 and income inequality increased by 1.6 percent between 2010 and 2011, indicating a widened rich-poor gap.

VIOLATING HUMAN RIGHTS IN OTHER NATIONS

The U.S. seriously infringed upon human rights of other nations, the report says.

Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has waged wars on other countries most frequently. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, both started by the U.S., have caused massive civilian casualties.

From 2001 to 2011, the U.S.-led “war on terror” killed between 14,000 and 110,000 per year, said the report, quoting an article posted on the website of Stop the War Coalition in last June.

In 2012, U.S. military operations in Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan caused massive civilian casualties, the report said.

Also, U.S. soldiers had severely blasphemed against local residents’ religion by burning copies of the Muslim holy book, the Koran, and insulting bodies of the dead, it says.

There was a huge rise in birth defects in Iraq since the war against Iraq with military actions in which American forces used metal contaminant-releasing white phosphorus shells and depleted uranium bombs.

The U.S. army has for long detained foreigners illegally at the Guantanamo prison. By January 2012, 171 people were still held there.

The U.S. was not able to effectively participate in international cooperation on human rights, the report says.

To date, the U.S. remains a country which has not participated in or ratified a series of core UN conventions on human rights, such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, according to the report.

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Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-04/21/c_132326904.htm

One thought on “China hits back with report on U.S. human rights record

  1. Puerto Rico is the best example of the United States government’s record on human rights

    Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United States (US) government for the past 116 years. The United Nations (UN) declared colonialism a crime against humanity in 1960. The UN has issued thus far 33 resolutions asking the US government to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. In other words, those 33 resolutions are the democratic will of the UN. Therefore, the US government has thus far ignored the democratic will of the UN. Furthermore, it has held, against heavy international pressure, Puerto Rico’s political prisoner of 33 years, Oscar López Rivera.

    All nations have the inalienable right to self-determination and independence as a basic human right. Because of this, all colonized people have the right, under international law, to use all means necessary to decolonize themselves. That means that the criminal, with regards to Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the United States, is the US government, and not Oscar López Rivera. Therefore, the US government has violated for the past 116 years the human rights of about 4 million people on the island of Puerto Rico!

    The US government has used state terrorism to maintain Puerto Rico as its colony. Again, the best example of this is Oscar’s 33 years of imprisonment. This is more than the 27 years that Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. It is also important to note that 12 of those years were in solitary confinement. That length of time is another human rights violation.

    The US government keeps this in the closet to conceal it. That way, the US government could then charge other nations of human rights violations. Obviously, the US government has no problem with human right violations, since it violates them all the time at home. Its only interest in making these human right charges is to control the affairs of other countries in order to obtain financial benefits of interest to the 1% for whom the US government works for.

    José M López Sierra
    http://www.TodosUnidosDescoloniarPR.blogspot.com

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