US turns blind eye to its terrible human rights record: China

Hitting back at the US, China on Sunday came out with a report on America`s human rights record accusing Washington of turning a "blind eye to its own terrible human rights situation".

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 00:05 AM IST

Beijing: Hitting back at the US, China
on Sunday came out with a report on America`s human rights record
accusing Washington of turning a "blind eye to its own
terrible human rights situation".

The report titled `Human Rights Record of the United
States in 2010` was released by the Information Office of
China`s cabinet, hours after Washington issued Country Reports
on Human Rights Practices for 2010.

The US reports are "full of distortions and
accusations of the human rights situation in more than 190
countries and regions including China. However, the United
States turned a blind eye to its own terrible human rights
situation and seldom mentioned it," the Chinese report said.

The US has taken human rights as "a political
instrument to defame other nations` image and seek its own
strategic interests," the report said.

China`s report said the United States could not be
justified to pose as the world`s "human rights justice."

"However, it released the Country Reports on Human
Rights Practices year after year to accuse and blame other
countries for their human rights practices," the report said.

These moves fully expose the United States` hypocrisy
by exercising double standards on human rights and its
malicious design to pursue hegemony under the pretext of human
rights, it said.

The Chinese report asked the US government to "take
concrete actions to improve its own human rights conditions,
check and rectify its acts in the human rights field, and stop
the hegemonistic deeds of using human rights issues to
interfere in other countries` internal affairs."

It said violation of citizens` civil and political
rights by the US government is severe. Citizen`s privacy has
been undermined. More than 6,600 travelers had been subject to
electronic device searches between October 1, 2008 and June 2,
2010, nearly half of them American citizens, it said, citing
figures released by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The report said abuse of violence and torturing
suspects to get confession is serious in the US law
enforcement, and "wrongful conviction occurred quite often."

While advocating Internet freedom, the US in fact
imposes fairly strict restriction on cyberspace, the report
said.

US applies double standards on Internet freedom by
requesting unrestricted "Internet freedom" in other countries,
which becomes an important diplomatic tool for the US to
impose pressure and seek hegemony and imposing strict
restriction within its own territory, the report said.

The US regards itself as "the beacon of democracy."
However, its democracy is largely based on money, the report
said.

The US reports the world`s highest incidence of
violent crimes and its people`s lives, properties and personal
security are not duly protected, the Chinese report said.

One out of every five people is a victim of a crime in
the United States every year, said the report.

In 2009, an estimated 4.3 million violent crimes, 15.6
million property crimes and 133,000 personal thefts were
committed against US residents aged 12 or older, and the
violent crime rate was 17.1 victimisations per 1,000 persons,
it said.

The United States also ranks first in the world in
terms of the number of privately-owned guns and had high
incidence of gun-related crimes, it said, adding that some 90
million people own an estimated 200 million guns in the United
States, which has a population of about 300 million.

"Racial discrimination, deep-seated in the United
States, has permeated every aspect of social life," said the
report.

Minority groups confront discrimination in their
employment and occupation. The black people are treated
unfairly or excluded in promotion, welfare and employment, the
report quoted US media reports as saying.

It is reported that one-third of black people
confronted discrimination at work, against which only
one-sixteenth of the black people would lodge a complaint.
The New York Times reported on September 23, 2010 that
by the end of September 30, 2009, Muslim workers had filed a
record 803 claims of complaints over employment
discrimination, up 20 per cent from the previous year. Poverty
proportion for US minorities is high in the United States.

The poverty proportion of the black was 25.8 per cent
in 2009, and those of Hispanic origin and Asian were 25.3 per
cent and 12.5 per cent respectively, much higher than that of
the non-Hispanic white at 9.4 per cent, the report said citing
US media figures.

Gender discrimination against women widely exists in
the United States, and women in the country often experience
sexual assault and violence, it said.

Statistics showed that some 20 million women are rape
victims in the country, someone fifth female students on
campus are victims of sexual assault, and nearly 3,000 female
soldiers were sexually assaulted in fiscal year 2008, up nine
per cent from the year before.

According to the report, pornographic content is
rampant on the Internet and severely harms American children
as seven in 10 children have accidentally accessed pornography
on the Internet and one in three has done so intentionally.

PTI