UK’s re­port on hu­man rights a farce

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

The Bri­tish govern­ment has in­dulged it­self in po­lit­i­cal farce again by mak­ing bi­ased and ir­re­spon­si­ble re­marks to blem­ish China’s hu­man rights record.

In its lat­est an­nual re­port on hu­man rights, it dis­re­gards its own flawed hu­man rights record and listed China as one of 28 “coun­tries of con­cern”.

The re­port se­lec­tively ig­nores the real and con­tin­u­ous hu­man rights progress made in China, which is ob­vi­ous to any per­son with­out prej­u­dice.

As a de­vel­op­ing coun­try, China has been im­prov­ing its hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion, in­clud­ing im­prov­ing people’s liveli­hoods, elim­i­nat­ing poverty, up­hold­ing the rule of law, and in­vest­ment in cul­tural and eco­nomic projects in eth­ni­cally in­hab­ited ar­eas, among oth­ers.

Chi­nese people of var­i­ous eth­nic groups en­joy fun­da­men­tal rights con­ferred by the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion ac­cord­ing to the law, and the level at which they en­joy these rights has risen sig­nif­i­cantly.

In the past year, the Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties have moved to en­sure jus­tice and trans­parency by in­tro­duc­ing mea­sures to cor­rect and pre­vent wrong ver­dicts and mak­ing judg­ment documents and court pro­ceed­ings ac­ces­si­ble on­line.

Newrules for the bet­ter man­age­ment of pe­ti­tions were also re­leased to pro­hibit putting pe­ti­tion­ers un­der any form of con­fine­ment.

Pro­mot­ing the pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights for Chi­nese people and al­low­ing ev­ery cit­i­zen to live with dig­nity is a core tar­get of China’s re­form and open­ing-up ef­forts.

Most of the coun­tries listed in the re­port are de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

Why doesn’t the re­port high­light someWestern coun­tries, in­clud­ing Bri­tain it­self, that have vi­o­lated hu­man rights?

The Bri­tish govern­ment has sim­ply turned the re­port into an ide­o­log­i­cal po­lit­i­cal show.

In­stead of squan­der­ing time and tax­pay­ers’ money on point­ing fin­gers at other coun­tries, the Bri­tish govern­ment should sweep its own doorstep in­stead.

While set­ting it­self up as a de­fender of hu­man rights around the world, Bri­tain has vi­o­lated hu­man rights.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with Bri­tain as a ma­jor player in the US-led mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions, re­sulted in a mas­sive num­ber of civil­ian ca­su­al­ties.

Bri­tain’s re­mote drone op­er­a­tions in Afghanistan have spurred an­ti­war protests at home. Even be­fore in­no­cent civil­ians were slaugh­tered, the pro­tes­tors de­manded an end to the re­mote killing when the Royal Air Force started to op­er­ate drones in Afghanistan from Bri­tish soil.

The UK phone-hack­ing scan­dal in­volv­ing Ru­pertMur­doch’sNews In­ter­na­tional, which dom­i­nated me­dia cov­er­age world­wide, also cast doubts over the “free­dom of the press” up­held byWestern me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions and raised con­cerns about pri­vacy rights in the coun­try.

Dif­fer­ences still ex­ist among na­tions on hu­man rights is­sues due to their dif­fer­ent lev­els of cul­tural and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and China stands for nar­row­ing them through di­a­logue on the ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect and equal­ity.

China is ready to dis­cuss hu­man rights is­sues with Bri­tain, and they have es­tab­lished mech­a­nisms for di­a­logue to ex­change ideas and set­tle dif­fer­ences.

But a hu­man rights di­a­logue be­tween China and Bri­tain sched­uled this week has been called off be­cause of Bri­tain’s lat­est hu­man rights re­port, which in­cludes ir­re­spon­si­ble com­ments about China’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem and has tar­nished the coun­try’s hu­man rights record.

In­stead of help­ing to cre­ate away to see and feel the real China, Bri­tain has built a wall that stands in China’sway to the world and closed the door for di­a­logue by tak­ing hu­man rights is­sues as a pre­text for in­ter­fer­ing in China’s in­ter­nal af­fairs and ju­di­cial sovereignty.

It is ad­vis­able for Bri­tain to re­frain from mak­ing wrong ac­cu­sa­tions against China on hu­man rights and cre­ate con­di­tions con­ducive to fu­ture hu­man rights di­a­logue.

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