In response to the release of the United States’ annual human rights report last week, China has retaliated in kind yet again by issuing its own report focused on human rights violations that were committed by the US in the last year.
The report, which was released on Thursday, begins by condemning the US for “posing again as ‘the judge of human rights'” in the world.
Wielding “the baton of human rights,” it pointed fingers and cast blame on the human rights situation in many countries while paying no attention to its own terrible human rights problems. People cannot help asking about the actual human rights situation of the United States in 2016.
Concrete facts show that the United States saw continued deterioration in some key aspects of its existent human rights issues last year. With the gunshots lingering in people’s ears behind the Statue of Liberty, worsening racial discrimination and the election farce dominated by money politics, the self-proclaimed human rights defender has exposed its human rights “myth” with its own deeds.
Titled “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2016,” the report is filled with all the usual criticisms that China has made against the US in recent years. These includes America’s problems with gun violence and racism, along with its widening wealth gap, large prison population and bombings of overseas civilians.
The report continues China’s “the best defense is a good offense” strategy when it comes to human rights. Beijing has issued the same kind of report each year since the late 1990s. Last year, a CCTV documentary on American human rights offense was even aired, filling in millions of Chinese viewers on the dirty secrets of their country’s greatest competitor.
Last Friday, the US State Department issued its annual human rights report, charging China with the usual crackdowns against civil, legal and political rights activists and ethnic or religious minorities, along with accusing Beijing of encroaching on Hong Kong’s autonomy, continuing to use black jails and utilizing torture to draw out confessions.
On Monday, China’s Foreign Ministry said that the report was full of “unfounded accusations and prejudice,” adding that any unbiased observer would say that China has made remarkable improvements in human rights since the founding of the PRC.
Still, it has a ways to go. The most recent global freedom report issued annually by Freedom House ranked China lower than Iran, give it perfect 7 out of 7 marks on political rights and 6 out 7 on civil liberties (with 7 being least free). Meanwhile, on the other end of the rankings, the US dropped below Taiwan for the first time on the annual report.
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