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Posted by: Beijing Bulletin, on Friday, March 10th, 2017
China on Thursday published a report on the United States’ human rights situation in response to Washington’s “the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016” issued by the U.S. State Department on March 3.
According to the Xinhua news agency, the report, titled “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2016,” states that the United States poses once again as “the judge of human rights”.
“Wielding ‘the baton of human rights,’ it pointed fingers and cast blame on the human rights situation in many countries while paying no attention to its own terrible human rights problems,” it says.
“With the gunshots lingering in people’s ears behind the Statue of Liberty, worsening racial discrimination and the election farce dominated by money politics, the self-proclaimed human rights defender has exposed its human rights ‘myth’ with its own deeds,” it added.
According to the report Concrete facts show that the United States saw continued deterioration in some key aspects of its existent human rights issues last year.
The US had the second highest prisoner rate, with 693 prisoners per 100,000 of the national population. Roughly 2.2 million people were incarcerated in the United States in 2014. And there had been 70 million Americans incarcerated – that’s almost one in three adults – with some form of criminal record, the report cites media reports as saying.
Occurrence of gun-related crimes also sustained a high level, it added.
There were a total of 58,125 gun violence incidents, including 385 mass shootings, in the United States in 2016, leaving 15,039 killed and 30,589 injured, says the report, citing figures from a toll report by the Gun Violence Archive.
In 2016, the U.S. social polarization became more serious, with the proportion of adults who had full-time jobs hitting a new low since 1983, income gaps continuing to widen, the size of middle class reaching a turning point and beginning to shrink, and living conditions of the lower class deteriorating, the report says.
The State Council Information Office of China also published a document titled “Chronology of Human Rights Violations of the United States in 2016” on Thursday.
The document listed a full chronology of human rights violations of the United States in 2016 citing various media reports. (ANI)