Main­land de­nounces United States hu­man rights record in an­nual re­port

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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