BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- China strongly
opposes to the assault of the US government on the pretext of human rights
issue, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said here Sunday.
Qin made the remarks in response to the US State
Department spokesman's statement on Saturday's International Human Rights Day,
in which the US side criticized China's human rights situation.
Qin said China has scored remarkable achievements in
the field of human rights protection. The Chinese people fully enjoy human
rights and freedom according to law.
"The Chinese government and people expressed their
strong opposition and firmly opposed to the US government's practice in the name
of the so-called human rights issue that wantonly assaulted China," said the
The United States itself has severe problems of
violating human rights, and it is being strictly criticized by the international
society as it refused the investigation of a special rapporteur of the UN Human
Rights Commission, said Qin.
"However, the US government still intentionally
depicted itself as a human rights guard, often criticizing other countries'
human rights 'problems' with the attempt to shift others' attention," Qin said.
"While these political tricks have already been
penetrated by the public and what the US side has done is just the opposite to
what it wishes," he added.
"As the year is drawing to an end, we suggest the US
side should take a clear consideration of the situation and make self-reflection
on its own human rights problems, "said the spokesman.
The US government is well advised to give up its
double standard on human rights and readjust the mistaken practices of interfere
in the internal affairs of other countries on the pretext of human rights issue,
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour
implicitly criticized the United States on Wednesday for violating the global
ban on torture, saying the absolute ban on torture is becoming a casualty of the
so-called "war on terror" through loosened legal definition, secret detention,
hand-over of prisoners without adequate safeguards and other practices. Enditem