China issues report on human rights in US

Beijing, April 14 (IANS) China on Thursday published a report on the human rights situation in the US.

The report, titled “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2015”, was released by the Information Office of the State Council, in response to “the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” issued by the US State Department on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

China’s report says that the United States made comments on the human rights situation in many countries while being tight-lipped about its own terrible human rights record and showing not a bit of intention to reflect on it.

In 2015, the US saw no improvement in its existent human rights issues, but reported numerous new problems, according to the report.

“Since the US government refuses to hold up a mirror to look at itself, it has to be done with other people’s help,” it said.

The report stated money politics and family politics went from bad to worse in the US where voters found it hard to express their real volition.

Figures cited in the report shows that civil rights were wantonly infringed upon in the US in 2015 with rampant gun-related crimes and excessive use of force by police.

There were a total of 51,675 gun violence incidents in the United States in 2015 as of December 28, leaving 13,136 killed and 26,493 injured. US police shot dead 965 people last year as of December 24.

No substantial progress concerning the economic and social rights of US citizens were made, the report said.

In 2015, more than 560,000 people nationwide were homeless, and there were still 33 million people in the US with no healthcare insurance.

It also quotes figures to show that the US continued to trample on human rights in other countries, causing tremendous civilian casualties.

From August 2014 to December 2015, the United States launched 3,965 air strikes in Iraq and 2,823 in Syria, causing an estimated number of civilian deaths between 1,695 and 2,239.

The report said that the USs’ overseas monitoring projects infringed on the privacy of citizens of other countries.

Though the US has repeatedly vowed to defend “human rights,” it still has not ratified core human rights conventions of the UN, and took an uncooperative attitude towards international human rights issues, the report concluded.

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