China calls the US “the world judge of human rights.”
China on Friday responded to the U.S. criticism of its human rights situation by publishing its own report on the U.S’ human rights issues.
The Human Rights Record of the U.S. in 2013 was released by the Information Office of China’s State Council in response to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013 issued by the U.S. State Department on Thursday.
China said in the report that there were still serious human rights problems in the U.S in 2013, with the situation in many fields even deteriorating.
“Posing as the world judge of human rights, the U.S. government made arbitrary attacks and irresponsible remarks on the human rights situation in almost 200 countries and regions again in its just-released reports,” the report said. “However, the U.S. carefully concealed and avoided mentioning its own human rights problems.”
The report called the U.S. tapping program, code-named PRISM, which exercises long-term and vast surveillance both at home and abroad, a blatant violation of international law and serious infringment on human rights.
The report also highlighted the rampant gun violence in the Barack Obama-led country.
“In 2013, 137 people died in 30 mass killings, which caused four or more deaths each, in the U.S,” the Chinese said.
The report also cited figures to show that frequent drone strikes by the U.S. in countries including Pakistan and Yemen have caused heavy civilian casualties.
“The U.S. has carried out 376 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, causing deaths of up to 926 civilians,” it said. “The U.S. still faces grave employment situation with its unemployment rate remained high. Rates of unemployment for the lowest-income families have topped 21 per cent. The homeless population in the U.S. kept swelling and it had climbed 16 per cent from 2011 to 2013. There are also a large amount of child labourers in the agricultural sector in the U.S. and their physical and mental health was seriously harmed.”