BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese human rights society has urged the United States to correct its double standards on human rights after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer on U.S. soil.
The China Society for Human Rights Studies, the country's largest group of its kind, issued a statement on Friday expressing hope that the shooting will spur the United States to reflect on its finger pointing over other countries' human rights records.
The comments come after the death on August 9 of 18-year-old African American Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Follow-up protests in the suburban St. Louis town are ongoing and have featured tense standoffs between protesters and police in riot gear.
The statement quoted an unnamed spokesman as saying that "deteriorating racial discrimination and social injustice" in the United States are behind the chaos following the shooting, which he labeled as "a serious infringement upon human rights."
He voiced strong concern over the shooting on behalf of his organization, saying, "For decades, the tinder of anger and hatred resulting from racial discrimination has kept building, and police's shooting of Michael Brown is a blasting fuse."
Racial discrimination is still deep-rooted despite being outlawed in the United States since the 1970s, according to the spokesman.
He said that abuse of police power is a black mark on the U.S. record of human rights infringement, and the chaos "has fully exposed the trust crisis between police and common people in the black community."
The United States has abused its power in trying to act as the "world police" for a long time. For many years, it has interfered wantonly in other country's internal affairs while claiming to be a referee for human rights, according to the spokesman.
While accusing other countries of wrongdoing in its annual reports on human rights and religious freedom, the United States has carefully concealed its own human rights deterioration, he claimed.
The escalation of the conflicts after Brown's shooting and the police's heavy-handed handling of protestors have incurred international condemnation.
The U.S. State Department has claimed that what is going on in Ferguson is an internal affair and not comparable to situations in other countries.
Such logic can never be convincing, the spokesman said.
He added that his organization sincerely hopes that the Federal and local government can find the truth behind Brown's death and uphold justice.