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China retaliates with U.S. human rights report

2012-05-25 11:32:22 GMT2012-05-25 19:32:22(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, May 25 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday responded to a recent U.S. government report on China's human rights practices by issuing its own report on human rights issues in the United States.

Full text: Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011

The "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011" was released by the Information Office of the State Council, or China's cabinet, in response to the "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011" issued by the U.S. State Department on May 24.

It was the 13th annual report published by China in response to U.S. attacks.

The U.S. report is "full of overly critical remarks on human rights conditions in nearly 200 countries and regions, as well as distortions and accusations concerning human rights causes in China. However, the United States has turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation and remained silent about it," China's report said.

The "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011" is intended to reveal the "true human rights situation" of the United States to the world and "urge the United States to confront its own actions," the document said.

The Chinese report covers human rights issues related to six topics: life; property and personal security; civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; racial discrimination; the rights of women and children and U.S. violations of human rights in other countries.

The facts contained in the report are a small yet illustrative fraction of the United States' dismal record on its human rights situation, it said.

The United States' own tarnished human rights record has made it in no condition, on moral, political or legal basis, to act as the world's "human rights justice," to place itself above other countries and release the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices year after year to accuse and blame other countries, according to Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011.

China, in the report, advised the U.S. government to look squarely at its own grave human rights problems, to stop the "unpopular practices" of taking human rights as a political instrument for interference in other countries' internal affairs, smearing other nations' image and seeking its own strategic interests, and to cease using double standards on human rights and pursuing hegemony under the pretext of human rights.

The report states that violations of civil and political rights have been "severe" in the United States, adding that the country is "lying to itself" when proclaiming Americans to live in the "land of the free."

It cited the treatment of protestors participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement, stating that their arrests can provide a "glimpse of the truth regarding the United States' so-called freedom and democracy."

Full text: Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011

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