China issues report on U.S. human rights situation
China on Thursday published a report on human rights situation in the United States.
The report, titled "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2018," was released by the Information Office of the State Council in response to the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices issued by the U.S. State Department on March 13, local time.
Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Av. during the Women's March in Washington on Jan. 19, 2019. [File photo: IC]
China's report said the U.S. government, a self-styled "human rights defender," has a human rights record which is flawed and lackluster, and the double standards of human rights it pursues are obvious.
With a foreword and eight chapters, the 12,000-character report exposes the human rights violations in the United States of different areas: the severe infringement on citizens' civil rights, the prevalence of money politics, the rising income inequality, worsening racial discrimination, and growing threats against children, women and immigrants, as well as the human rights violations caused by the unilateral America First policies.
A 10,000-character Chronology of Human Rights Violations of the United States in 2018 was also released by the office Thursday.
The United States reported frequent occurrence of violent crime cases, rampant gun crimes and the abuse of power by public officers, it said.
The report said that gun violence continued to be rampant in the United States. Data from the Gun Violence Archive showed the United States reported 57,103 incidents of gun violence in 2018, resulting in 14,717 deaths, 28,172 injuries, including casualties of 3,502 juveniles.
The report noted that the United States 2018 midterm elections cost a huge quantity of money as elections in the country became the games of money, with much involvement of "dark money" and corruption.
The United States had the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries and almost half of American households lived in financial difficulties, said the report.
Noting that systematic racial discrimination had long existed in the United States, the report said racial discrimination in the United States was worsening and drew criticism from the United Nations.
The high incidence of school shootings, widespread school violence and lack of effective government oversight of child abuse has threatened children in the United States physically and mentally, it said.
Moreover, the U.S. women faced severe threat in terms of sexual harassment and sexual assault, with personal safety in lack of protection, said the report, adding that they also faced obvious discrimination in employment and in workplace.
As for U.S. immigration policies, the report said the U.S. government used slanders and violence against immigrants, noting that inhumane immigration policies have forcibly separated migrant children from their parents.
The report also criticized the unilateral policies by the United States. The United States shirked international responsibilities, carried out the unilateralist America First policies unscrupulously, withdrew from international organizations, bullied the weak, and caused human rights disasters in its overseas military operations, the report said.