|People's Daily Online
UPDATED: 20:26, March 03, 2005
China issues human rights record of the United States
CHINA ISSUED THE Human Rights Record of the US in 2004 Thursday in response
to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2004 issued by the US
on Feb. 28.
Released by the Information Office of China's State Council, the Chinese
report listed a multitude of cases to show that serious violations of human
rights exist on the homeland of the United States.
"In 2004 the atrocity of US troops abusing Iraqi POWs exposed the dark side
of human rights performance of the United States. The scandal shocked the
humanity and was condemned by the international community. It is quite
ironic that on Feb. 28 of this year, the State Department of the United
States once again posed as the 'the world human rights police' and released
its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2004. As in previous
years, the reports pointed fingers at human rights situation in more than
190 countries and regions (including China) but kept silent on the US
misdeeds in this field. Therefore, the world people have to probe the human
rights record behind the Statue of Liberty in the United States," said the
The report reviewed the human rights record of the United States in 2004
from six perspectives: Life, liberty and Security of Person; Political
Rights and Freedom; Economic, social and Cultural Rights; Racial
Discrimination; Rights of Women and Children; and Infringement of Human
Rights of Foreign Nationals.
This is the sixth consecutive year that the Information Office of the State
Council has issued human rights record of the United States to answer the
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices issued annually by the State
Department of the United States.
American citizens are threatened by rampant violent crimes and severe
infringement of civil rights by law enforcement departments."Violent crimes
pose a serious threat to people's lives," said the record.
The record quoted the Department of Justice of the United States on Nov.
29, 2004 as saying that in 2003 residents aged 12 and above in the United
States came across about 24 million cases of crimes, including 1.38 million
violent crimes like murders and robberies, averaging 475 cases per 100,000
"Police violence and infringement of human rights by law enforcement
agencies also constitute a serious problem," the record said.
Chinese citizen Zhao Yan was handcuffed and severely beaten on Jul. 21,
2004 while she was in the United States on a normal business trip. She
suffered injuries in many parts of her body and serious mental harm,
according to the record.
Boasted as "a paragon of democracy," the United States' democracy is
actually manipulated by the rich and malpractice, said the record.
Referring the elections in the United States are in fact a contest of
money, the record said, the presidential and Congressional elections last
year cost nearly four billion US dollars, some one billion US dollars or
one third more than that spent in the 2000 elections.
According to the U.S.' official website www.opensecrets.org, the 2004
presidential election has been listed as the most expensive campaign in the
country's history, with the cost jumping to 1.7 billion US dollars from 1
billion US dollars in 2000.
Poverty, hunger and homelessness have been haunting the United States, the
world richest country, according to the record.
The report stressed the United States refuses to ratify the International
Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights and took negative attitude
to the economic, social and cultural rights of the laborers.
According to the statistics released by the US Census Bureau in 2004, the
number of Americans in poverty has been climbing for three years. It rose
by 1.3 million year-on-year in 2003 to 35.9 million, the report said.
Racial discrimination has been deeply rooted in the United States,
permeating into every aspects of society, said the record.
The record said that the colored people are generally poor, with living
condition much worse than the white. According to a report of The Guardian
of Britain on Oct. 9, 2004, the average net assets of a white family is
88,000 US dollars in 2002, 11 times of a family of Latin American ancestry,
or nearly 15 times of a family of African ancestry.
Racial prejudice is ubiquitous in judicial fields, the record said. The
proportion for persons of colored races being sentenced or being imprisoned
is notably higher than whites.
In accordance with a report published in Nov. 2004 by the US Department of
Justice, colored races accounted for over 70 percent of inmates in the
The situation of American women and children was disturbing. The rates of
women and children physically or sexually victimized were high, said the
According to FBI Crime Statistics, in 2003 the United States witnessed
93,233 cases of raping. Virtually 63.2 in every 100,000 women fell victims.
Statistics released by the US Labor Department in Jan. 2004 showed a woman
who worked full time had the median earning of 81.1 percent of that for a
man, according to the report.
In addition, according to the report, child poverty was a serious problem.
A story released from AP Washington on Oct. 12, 2004 said that about 20
million children lived in "low-income working families" -- with barely
enough money to cover basic needs.
Children were also victims of sex crimes. Every year about 400,000 children
in the US were forced to engage in prostitution or other sexual dealings on
The atrocity of US troops abusing Iraqi POWs exposed the infringement of
human rights of foreign nationals by the United States, said the record.
According to US media like the Newsweek and the Washington Post, as early
as several years ago, in US forces' prisons in Afghanistan, interrogators
used various kinds of torture tools for acquiring confession, causing many
The International Committee of the Red Cross believed that abuse of
detained Iraqis in the notorious Abu Ghraib Prison was not a single case
and it was a systematic behavior, the report said.
The report pointed out that the United States frequently commits wanton
slaughters during external invasions and military attacks. A survey on
Iraqi civilian deaths, based on the natural death rate before the war,
estimates that the US-led invasion might have led to 100,000 more deaths in
the country, with most victims being women and children.
Jointly designed and conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University,
Columbia University and the Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, the
survey also finds that the majority of the additional, unnatural deaths
since the invasion were caused by violence, while air strikes from the
coalition forces were the main factor to blame for the violence-caused deaths.
Despite tons of problems in its own human rights, the United States
continues to stick to its belligerent stance, wantonly trample on the
sovereignty of other countries, and constantly stage tragedies of human
rights infringement in the world, said the report.
At last, the report said that the United States should reflect on its
erroneous behavior on human rights and take its own human rights problems
seriously instead of indulging itself in publishing the "human rights
country report" to censure other countries unreasonably.