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China issues report on US human rights

Updated: Apr 14,2016 6:55 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China published a report on the United States’ human rights situation on April 14.

The report, titled “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2015,” was released by the Information Office of the State Council, China’s cabinet, in response to “the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” issued by the US State Department on April 13 local time.

China’s report says that the United States made comments on the human rights situation in many countries while being tight-lipped about its own terrible human rights record and showing not a bit of intention to reflect on it.

In 2015, the United States saw no improvement in its existent human rights issues, but reported numerous new problems, according to the report.

“Since the US government refuses to hold up a mirror to look at itself, it has to be done with other people’s help,” it says.

The report states money politics and family politics went from bad to worse in the United States where voters found it hard to express their real volition.

Figures cited in the report shows that civil rights were wantonly infringed upon in the United States in 2015 with rampant gun-related crimes and excessive use of force by police.

There were a total of 51,675 gun violence incidents in the United States in 2015 as of December 28, leaving 13,136 killed and 26,493 injured. US police shot dead 965 people last year as of December 24.

No substantial progress concerning the economic and social rights of US citizens were made, the report says. In 2015, more than 560,000 people nationwide were homeless, and there were still 33 million people in the United States with no healthcare insurance.

It also quotes figures to show that the United States continued to trample on human rights in other countries, causing tremendous civilian casualties.

From August 2014 to December 2015, the United States launched 3,965 airstrikes in Iraq and 2,823 in Syria, causing an estimated number of civilian deaths between 1,695 and 2,239.

The report says that the United States’ overseas monitoring projects infringed on the privacy of citizens of other countries.

The United States had bugged the phones of three French presidents and many other senior French officials, according to the report.

Though the United States repeatedly vowed to defend “human rights,” it still has not ratified core human rights conventions of the UN, and took an uncooperative attitude toward international human rights issues, says the report.

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