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China Lashes Back at U.S. on Human Rights

Old 03-09-06, 09:27 AM
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China Lashes Back at U.S. on Human Rights

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060309/...a_human_rights

BEIJING - China on Thursday lashed out against U.S. criticism of its human rights record, saying racial discrimination and crime were still rife in the United States and prisoners were being abused at U.S.-run detention centers abroad.

The State Council, China's cabinet, denounced the United States for what it said were rampant violence and widespread discrimination against minorities especially blacks in its annual response to the State Department's report on human rights worldwide.

"For a long time, the life and security of the people of the United States has not been under efficient protection," the Chinese report said.

Blacks are given heavier criminal penalties, arrested more frequently and are more likely to be targeted for hate crimes, the report said.

It also criticized American troops for brutality at prisons in Iraq and the detention camp for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"As in previous years, the State Department pointed the finger at human rights situations in more than 190 countries and regions, including China, but kept silent on the serious violations of human rights in the United States," it said.

It is "an act that fully exposes its hypocrisy and double standard on human rights issues," said the report which drew mostly from stories and statistics in the American press.

The response came one day after the State Department said the Chinese government's human rights record "remained poor, and the government continued to commit numerous and serious abuses."

The U.S. report said repression worsened in China in 2005, with a trend toward "increased harassment, detention, and imprisonment" of people seen as threats to the Chinese government. It also mentioned tightened controls over print, broadcast and electronic media and censorship of online content.

The State Department study, published each year since 1977, offers a comprehensive analysis of all countries in the world except the United States.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Washington's report ignored China's progress in human rights, which he claimed "not only met with the satisfaction of the Chinese people but also has been widely affirmed by the international community."

"We express our strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition," Qin said, adding that Washington should "immediately end the erroneous practice of interfering in other country's internal politics."

A large section of the Chinese report was devoted to racial discrimination, which it said had "long been a chronic malady of American society."

It said the country's blacks and other minorities had much lower living standards and incomes and faced job discrimination. Blacks were also more likely to receive the death penalty for serious crimes, it said.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, Muslims have been targeted for arrests and detention under "the banner of 'anti-terrorism,'" the report said.

It also criticized American foreign policy and detailed prison abuse by American troops in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, accusing them of using "various kinds of torture" while trying to "extract information."

The report also touched on:

private gun ownership in America, saying the "unchecked spread of guns has caused incessant murders."

secret wire taps and surveillance on American citizens under the Patriot Act.

the poverty rate and the problem of homelessness.

"No country in the world can claim to have a perfect state of human rights," the Chinese report said.

"We urge the U.S. government to look squarely at its own human rights problems, reflect what it has done in the human rights field and take concrete measures to improve its own human rights status."

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Just thought this was pretty funny, considering China's record.
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Old 03-09-06, 09:40 AM
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The State Department study, published each year since 1977, offers a comprehensive analysis of all countries in the world except the United States.
Americans have never been very big on self-examination.
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self-flagrating has always been more of Europe's and the far Left's thing

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I'd be curious to see the State department conduct an unbiased review of the United States record on human rights. One can always dream....
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Coming from China, this is absolutely laughable.
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I'd say that it's a somewhat fair assessment. That being said, I'd rather live here than in China.
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BTW - I just heard a rather disturbing figure concerning China. They are planning to increase their military budget by 14-15% this year.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
BTW - I just heard a rather disturbing figure concerning China. They are planning to increase their military budget by 14-15% this year.
That is disturbing. I bet their citizens go crazy over the new taxes.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
BTW - I just heard a rather disturbing figure concerning China. They are planning to increase their military budget by 14-15% this year.
They've had double digit increases since the beginning of the 90's so it's not like this is unprecedented. At roughly 35 billion (or so they say... could be closer to 90), their budget is still dwarfed by you know who.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
BTW - I just heard a rather disturbing figure concerning China. They are planning to increase their military budget by 14-15% this year.
I think I'll make a stop by Wal-Mart tonight to help them out in that defense spending.
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Coming from China, this is absolutely laughable.
Agreed, but still...

"No country in the world can claim to have a perfect state of human rights," the Chinese report said.

"We urge the U.S. government to look squarely at its own human rights problems, reflect what it has done in the human rights field and take concrete measures to improve its own human rights status."
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private gun ownership in America, saying the "unchecked spread of guns has caused incessant murders."

did they mention the cargo containers full of illegal fully automatic chinese made AK47s smuggled in and sold to gang bangers?

maybe instead of bitching about a freedom we have they should do more to keep guns made in chinese gov't factories from getting smuggled out to criminals
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