By Shannon Najmabadi
After a less than flattering review in the US State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012, China has retaliated, publishing its own report condemning the human rights situation in the US.
On Sunday, the Information Office of China’s State Council released the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2012 – a damning, and only slightly hypocritical report that accuses Washington of turning a
“blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation”.
China’s report denounces Washington’s safeguarding of human rights, pointing to gun violence, undue surveillance of civilians, and discrimination based on sex, race or religion, among other offences.
Additionally, the report said that political donations undermine the US democratic system and that American military operations abroad – such as in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen – have infringed on the human rights of other nations.
According to Reuters, Washington has repeatedly flagged China in its human rights report. However, Beijing largely dismissed the US April report as “flawed”.
“As in previous years, the reports are full of carping and irresponsible remarks on the human rights situation in more than 190 countries and regions including China,” China said in its report.
The US global human rights report, issued last Friday by the State Department, accused China of overstepping human rights in its strict controls of free speech and political activity.
The Associated Press added:
It said Chinese government efforts to silence and intimidate political activists and public interest lawyers continued to increase, and that authorities use extralegal measures such as enforced disappearance to prevent the public voicing of independent opinions.
It also said there was discrimination against women, minorities and people with disabilities, and people trafficking, the use of forced labor, forced sterilization and widespread corruption.