BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday hit
back at a United States report on its human rights with its own report on the
U.S. human rights record.
"The U.S. practice of throwing stones at others while
living in a glass house is a testimony to the double standards and hypocrisy of
the United States in dealing with human rights issues and has undermined its
international image," the Information Office of the State Council said in its
report on the U.S. human rights record.
The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2008
was in retaliation to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2008
issued by the U.S. Department of State on Feb. 25.
For years, the United States had positioned itself
over other countries and released the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
annually to criticize human rights conditions in other countries, using it as a
tool to interfere with and demonize other nations, the report said. The U.S. has
turned a blind eye to its own violations of human rights.
"As in previous years, the reports are full of
accusations of the human rights situation in more than 190 countries and
regions, including China, but mention nothing of the widespread human rights
abuses on its own territory," China said in its report.
"The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2008
is prepared to help people around the world understand the real situation of
human rights in the United States, and as a reminder for the United States to
reflect upon its own issues," China said.
The report reviewed the U.S. human rights record from
six perspectives: life and personal security; civil and political rights;
economic, social and cultural rights; racial discrimination; rights of women and
children; and the United States' violation of human rights in other countries.
The report warned the United States that widespread
violent crime posed serious threats to its people's lives and security.
According to a report published in September 2008 by
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the country reported 1.4 million
violent crimes, including 17,000 murders and 9.8 million property crimes in
More frequent gun killings were a serious threat to
the lives of U.S. citizens, the report said.
It quoted the U.S. Center for Disease Control and
Prevention assaying that 1.35 million high school students in 2007 were either
threatened or injured with a weapon at least once on school property.
The report said an increasing number of restrictions
had been imposed on civil rights in the United States.
It cited government surveillance of online
activities, new legislation on government wiretapping last July, more cases of
police abuse of force and neglect of basic rights of 2.3 million prisoners in
the United States.
The United States was facing a number of social
problems, including a wide wealth gap, increasing number of homeless, needy
people and those suffering hunger, the report said.
It quoted the U.S. Census Bureau as saying in August
2008 that 12.5 percent of Americans, or 37.3 million people, were living in
poverty in 2007, up from 36.5 million in 2006.
The unemployment rate increased from 4.6 percent in
2007 to 5.8percent in 2008, the report said.
People in the United States saw their pension plans
shrink, health insurance cut and school tuition increase, while drugs, suicide
and other social problems prevailed, according to the report.
The report said racial discrimination prevails in
"every aspect of social life" in the United States, ranging from income,
employment, education, to judicial system, often with African Americans as major
"Nearly one quarter of black American households live
below the poverty line, three times that of white households," it said, citing
The State of Black America, issued by the National Urban League in March 2008.
The jobless rate for blacks was 10.6 percent in the
third quarter of 2008, twice that of the whites, according to the U.S.
Department of Labor.
The report said the African American high school
graduation and college entry rates still lingered at the level of whites "two or
three decades ago", and African American students in public schools were "more
likely to get physical punishment than White children."
"African American youths arrested for murder are at
least three times more likely than their white peers to receive life
imprisonment without the possibility of parole," the report said, quoting a 2008
report of the New York-based Human Rights Watch.
It also mentioned the infringement of basic rights of
indigenous Americans, inhumane treatment received by immigrants, and serious
racial hostility and rising hate crime in the United States.
On "worrisome" conditions of women and children, the
report said gender-based discrimination in employment, and domestic violence and
sexual violence toward women were quite serious.
Also, an increasing number of children were living in
poverty and danger of being physically or mentally harmed due to abuse and
"The United States is one of the few countries in the
world where minors receive the same criminal punishments as adults," the report
said. "It is the only country in the world that sentences children to life in
prison without possibility of parole or release."
"The United States has a string of records of
trampling on the sovereignty of and violating human rights in other countries,"
the report said.
It listed the Iraq war, prisoner abuse at Guantanamo,
the five-decade embargo against Cuba and arm sales.
The war in Iraq had claimed more than 1 million
civilian lives and caused the same number of homeless people, it said.
The United States maintained the embargo against
Cuba, though the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution urging
itto end the embargo in last October.
U.S. arm sales reached 32 billion U.S. dollars in
2007 and weapons were sold to more than 174 nations and regions.
The United States was inactive on its international
human rights obligations and offered outbound humanitarian aid that was dwarfed
by its status as the richest country in the world, the report said.
China in the report advised the U.S. government to
"face its own human rights problems with courage, and to stop applying double
standards to human rights issues".
This is the 10th consecutive year that the
Information Office of China's State Council has issued a report on the human
rights record of the United States to answer the U.S. State Department's annual
"Respect for and protection of human rights is an
important indication of civilization and progress of human society," the report
said. "Every government shoulders a common responsibility in committing itself
to the improvement of human rights conditions.
BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Information Office
of the State Council published a report titled "The Human Rights Record of
United States in 2008" here on Thursday. Following is the full text:
The State Department of the United States released
its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2008 on February 25, 2009. As
in previous years, the reports are full of accusations of the human rights
situation in more than 190 countries and regions including China, but mentioned
nothing of the widespread human rights abuses on its own territory. The Human
Rights Record of the United States in 2008 is prepared to help people around the
world understand the real situation of human rights in the United States, and as
a reminder for the United States to reflect upon it s own issues.
BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- China refuted the U.S. human
rights report Thursday and urged it to stop interfering in the domestic affairs
of other countries through the issuance of a report.
"The United States should examine its own human
rights issues, stop calling itself human rights guard and interfering in other
countries' domestic affairs by issuing human rights reports," Foreign Ministry
spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said at a regular press conference Thursday afternoon.
HONG KONG, Feb. 26
(Xinhua) -- Hong Kong is committed to the protection of human rights and has a
comprehensive institutional framework to safeguard different rights and
freedoms, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said in
response to the United States' annual report on human rights conditions
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BEIJING, February 21 (Xinhua) -- China will conduct
dialogues on human rights issues with the U.S. on the basis of mutual respect
and noninterference in each other's internal affairs, said Chinese Foreign
Minister Yang Jiechi on Saturday.
"Although differences exist, China is willing to
conduct the dialogues with the U.S. to push forward the human rights situation
on the premise of mutual respect and noninterference in each other's internal
affairs," Yang said. Full story