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Mon Apr 29, 2013, 03:43 PM

34. The report have been issued every year for 15 years.

From Wikipedia, Human Rights Record of the United States:

The Human Rights Record of the United States (informally referred to as the "China Human Rights Report" is a publication on the annual human rights record in the United States of America, published by the Information Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. The report was first issued in 1998 as a response to the United States' practice of criticizing China in its own annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which each of the Chinese reports cites in the first paragraph.

The Human Rights Record of the United States is published as a retort to U.S. criticism of China's human rights policies in the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, published by the State Department of the United States. The Chinese report states that the State Department reports are "full of distortions and accusations of the human rights situation in more than 190 countries and regions including China. However, the United States turned a blind eye to its own terrible human rights situation and seldom mentioned it." It says that the United States uses the human rights issues as "a political instrument to defame other nations' image and seek its own strategic interests." The report asserts ""[The U.S. State department] released the 'Country Reports on Human Rights Practices' year after year to accuse and blame other countries for their human rights practices. These moves fully expose the United States' hypocrisy by exercising double standards on human rights and its malicious design to pursue hegemony under the pretext of human rights."

The Report criticizes U.S. domestic social and economic issues, such as poverty, crime and racism. Some of the data cited in the report is derived from official or authoritative sources; other sections are composed from a variety of material found online, some of which may be anecdotal.

Again, from Wikipedia, here is how the State Department responds:

In response, the official position of the United States Government and the United States Department of State is that it does not report on human rights within the United States due to the possibility that any such reporting might be viewed as governmental propaganda, and would lack credibility. The State Department says that it does not mean to imply that the US has no human rights issues.

The government and the State Department take no position on the Chinese report, other than to note that it is fully proper and consistent with the principles of reciprocity that govern diplomatic relations between sovereign states. It may note problems which the US needs to work on, as do the reports of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and numerous other international and United States NGOs.

Two bullies shoving each other on the playground.

In comparing the human rights positions of China and the United States one cannot forget the histories and the broad differences in the histories of the two countries. China has about 3600 years of history that influences its culture and government. Forgetting about the First Nation influences on U.S. government (which we sadly do), the United States has 500 years of history - Ponce de Leon "discovered" Florida on April 13, 1513 (although there were probably earlier landings by slavers that were not recorded) - and whatever pieces of immigrant culture got mixed into the pot.

The U.S. formed the basis of the current governmental system 226 years ago with the signing of the Constitution; China formed its current government in October 1949, 63 years ago, when Mao stood on the terrace in front of the Forbidden City in Beijing and declared the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

The U.S. immigrants slaughtered, enslaved, brutalized, and marginalized the Native American peoples long ago and took their land, not just in North Dakota, but in California and all the other states. In 2000, the Bureau of Indian Affairs apologized for the acts, but the human rights legacy for Native Americans is still deplorable.

Perhaps in a hundred years the Chinese Bureau of Tibetan Affairs will offer a similar apology.

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