China issues report on human rights in US
The Chinese report said violations of civil and political rights have been "severe" in the US.
Beijing: China, which termed a US report on human rights as "full of overly critical remarks" and "distortions" on China, has hit back with a report on human rights issues in the US.
The "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011" was released by the Information Office in response to the US State Department`s "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011" issued on May 24, the People`s Daily reported.
The Chinese report said that the American one was "full of overly critical remarks on human rights conditions in nearly 200 countries and regions, as well as distortions and accusations concerning human rights causes in China".
"However, the US has turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation and remained silent about it," the report said.
The US human rights report was intended to reveal the "true human rights situation" in the US to the world and "urge the US to confront its own actions".
The Chinese report covered human rights issues related to six topics -- life, property and personal security, civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, racial discrimination, rights of women and children and US violations of human rights in other countries.
It said violations of civil and political rights have been "severe" in the US, and that the country was "lying to itself" when referring to itself as the "land of the free".
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Friday described the US State Department report as "biased", and urged the US to stop interfering in the internal affairs of other nations.
"It`s a solid fact that remarkable, well-recognised progress has been achieved in China`s field of human rights over the past 30 years and more," Hong said.
"There is always room for improvement on human rights for any country," he said.
But no single country should use human rights as a tool to interfere with another`s internal affairs, he said.
"We sincerely advise the US side to do more self-examination and stop its wrong thinking and doings on the issue," the spokesman added.