China criticizes ‘terrible’ US human rights record

Source:Xinhua Published: 2015-6-27 0:33:01

Report says Washington remains unrepentant

China hit back at the US' human rights record in a report published on Friday in response to "irresponsible" remarks about China.

The report, "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2014," was released by the Information Office of the State Council, China's Cabinet, in response to the "2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" issued by the US State Department on Thursday local time.

In its report, Washington called countries such as Iran, Cuba, Myanmar and Vietnam "serial human rights abusers."

The reprot said that the US made comments on the human rights situation in many countries while showing no remorse for or intention to improve its own terrible human rights record.

Ji Hong, a research fellow at the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, who took part in drafting the report, said US racial problems even deteriorated during the Obama presidency.

The US is haunted by the spread of guns and frequent violent crimes which threatened its citizens' civil rights. The excessive use of force by police officers led to many deaths, sparking public outcry, the State Council report says.

To acquire intelligence from suspects of terrorism and extremism, the CIA used brutal methods, such as sleep deprivation, waterboarding, long-term solitary confinement, slamming prisoners against the wall, lashing, death threats and even "rectal rehydration" or rectal feeding, according to the report.

"The US is a country with grim problems of racial discrimination, and institutional discrimination against ethnic minorities continues," according to the report.

Serious racial bias persists in the police and justice systems. Minority groups and indigenous people are subject to unfairness in the environment, elections, health care, housing, education and other fields, the report says.

In August 2014, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in its concluding observation on the periodic report of the US on the latter's implementation of relevant conventions, criticized the US for violating the rights of ethnic minorities, indigenous people, immigrants and other minority groups.

Also, "money is a deciding factor in US politics, and Americans' political rights were not properly protected," it says.

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