Mainland denounces United States human rights record in annual report
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Friday slammed the U.S. for a “terrible human rights record,” denouncing it for police brutality and global surveillance a day after Washington criticized Beijing’s own performance.
In a report sourced mainly from U. S. media, the PRC said the U.S. was “haunted by spreading guns, frequent occurrence of violent crimes, the excessive use of force by police.”
It said that U.S. intelligence had used “indiscriminate” torture against terrorist suspects, while “violating human rights in other countries” with drone strikes and mass surveillance program.
The document is released each year by mainland China the day after the U.S. State Department issues its annual global human rights report. Beijing does not release rights reports on other countries.
Unlike China, the U.S. is a multiparty democracy but the report declared: “Money is a deciding factor in the U.S. politics, and the U.S. citizens’ political rights were not properly protected.”
The Chinese Communist Party has repeatedly imprisoned those who openly challenge its right to rule or have protested publicly.
Its state-run media said in December that torture by mainland Chinese police to extract confessions is “not rare,” in an unusual admission.
Friday’s document, released by mainland China’s State Council, or cabinet, largely cited U.S. domestic media websites, including the New York Times, which is blocked by Beijing as part of its Internet censorship regime.
The PRC said the U.S. justice system suffered from “serious racial bias,” highlighting police killings of several unarmed black men, which sparked protests over the past year.
The U.S. has “grim problems of racial discrimination, and institutional discrimination against ethnic minorities continued,” it added.
Hong Kong lawmakers last week rejected a Beijing-backed electoral reform package which was derided as “fake democracy” during mass protests in 2014, as it required candidates for the city’s next leader be vetted by a loyalist committee.
The U.S. report also highlighted limitations on press freedom and violence against the media in Hong Kong, after attacks on some leading journalists and executives.
The city’s government hit back Friday saying foreign powers “should not interfere” in its constitutional development and added “great importance” was given to freedom of speech.