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Commentary: U.S. not a human rights judge with flawed record

English.news.cn   2014-02-28 14:22:13

by Xinhua Writer Zhu Dongyang

BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Despite being blamed for lacking introspection and meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, the U.S. Department of State released its annual human rights report on Thursday.

In the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, the United States assaulted almost 200 countries, including China and Russia among many others, for their poor human rights records.

Issuing such a document, eloquent as it may sound, is nothing but a political farce as the United States, with its own flawed human rights record, can not claim the moral high ground to judge others.

Last year, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. government, long portraying itself as a human rights defender, has hacked into emails and mobile phones of ordinary Americans as well as leaders of other countries, including its traditional allies.

Other human rights violations also include numerous shooting sprees in the country and incessant drone attacks on foreign soil, resulting in heavy civilian casualties.

Ironically, the long-time braggart human rights preacher has not acceded to key UN human rights conventions on the rights protection of children, women and the physically challenged.

With the inexhaustible list, the United States has long been keeping a blind eye on its own faults and instead pointing fingers at other countries.

By throwing moral accusations against other countries, Washington wished to divert the public attention from the country's economic woes, with a blind faith in its receding glamour of righteousness.

Besides, the credibility and impartiality of the report have already been questioned as the accusations are mainly based on phoney and biased evidence.

It's unwise for Uncle Sam to judge the human rights performance of other countries, which have different national conditions.

As a developing country, China has been on the track of improving its human rights practices, including the promotion of people's livelihood, and investment in cultural and economic projects in ethnically-inhabited areas, among others.

Even the United States itself has admitted that in its report.

China is also ready to discuss human rights issues with the United States, and they have established mechanisms for dialogue to exchange ideas and settle differences.

It is advisable for Washington to refrain from making wrongful accusations against China over human rights issues as they are detrimental to their efforts to build a new type of major-country relations.

Editor: Yang Lina
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