The log in your eye… America’s human rights hypocrisy exposed in damning report
The US State Department has over the years published reports on the so-called human rights situations in various countries across the world without any self-introspection and looking at what is happening in its own backyard.
Following the publication of the latest State Department report, the Chinese government has also produced its own report that shows rampant human rights abuse in the US and by Washington against its own people and against other countries.
The Human Rights Record of the Human Rights in 2012 was released by the Information Office of China’s State Council (Cabinet) last week.
Beijing said,“As in previous years, the (US State Department) reports are full of carping and irresponsible remarks on the human rights situation in more than 190 countries and regions including China.
“However, the US turned a blind eye to its own woeful human rights situation and never said a word about it.”
According to China, the US human rights record is found wanting in many respects. The report says children in the US are not provided adequate security, freedom and rights of education.
Citing the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the report says at least 100 000 children across the country are trafficked each year.
Child sexual abuse is a widespread public health and security problem, with research indicating that 20 percent of adult females and five to 15 percent adult males experienced sexual abuse in childhood or adolescence.
Public schools in the US also reported more than one million homeless children and youth, with only 52 percent of identified homeless students who took standardised testing being proficient in reading.
Racial discrimination in the United States was also reported to be rising with non-whites not enjoying equal political, economic and social rights.
The median household income for African-Americans was US$32 229 in 2011, less than 60 percent of that of non-Hispanic whites, the report says, citing US Census Bureau statistics.
The poverty rate for African-Americans stood at 27.6 percent in 2011, almost three times of that of non-Hispanic whites.
Employment discrimination is the main reason behind income disparity and poverty, adds the report.
According to statistics from the US Department of Labour, the unemployment rate of whites was registered at seven percent in October 2012, while the rate for African-Americans and Hispanics was 14.3 percent and 10 percent, respectively, in that month.
The average period of unemployment for ethnic minorities is also notably longer than that for whites, Beijing’s report says.
Still on data from the Labour Department, over half of African-Americans and non-Hispanic blacks in New York city who were old enough to work had no jobs in 2012, and it takes them almost a full year on average to find employment if they lose their jobs.
Ethnic Americans' rights to vote are limited, and Asian-American voters were obstructed at polling stations during the November 2012 Presidential elections.
The Beijing report also said as of 2010, more than two million African-Americans were stripped of their right through racial targetting by law enforcement agencies that are aware that once convicted, a person cannot vote and finds it hard to get employment.
Religious discrimination is rapidly on the rise, with an increase in insults and attacks against Muslims, while a recent poll released by American media says 51 percent of citizens now express explicit anti-African-American attitudes.
In addition to this, the gap between the rich and poor is growing and in 2011 income inequality increased by 1.6 percent from the previous year.
Between 2010 and 2011, the share of aggregate income increased 1.6 percent for the quintile with the highest household income, and rose 4.9 percent for the top five percent households, the Beijing report said, citing official US government figures.
During the same period, the aggregate share of income declined for the middle quintile and the changes in the shares of aggregate income for the lowest two quintiles were not statistically significant.
America's poverty rate in 2011 was 15 percent, with 46.2 million people in poverty, according to US Census Bureau data released in September 2012.
Furthermore, the report says there were 21 homeless people per 10 000 people in the general population.
The report by the Chinese also said abuse of suspects and jail inmates is a common occurrence in the United States, with a string of lawsuits being brought against the New York City Police Department.
Citing a May 2012 report by CNN, the document adds that some 9.6 percent of the prisoners in American state prisons are sexually victimised during confinement, more than double the rate cited in a report on the subject in 2008.
On firearms, the United States was haunted by serious violent crime in 2012 with frequent occurrence of firearms-related criminal cases and shootings.
According to statistics released by the FBI in September 2012, an estimated 1 203 564 violent crimes occurred in the US in 2011, translating to 386.3 violent crimes per 100 000 people.
Aggravated assaults accounted for 62.4 percent of violent crimes reported to law enforcement and firearms were used in 67.7 percent of the nation's murders, 41.3 percent of robberies and 21.2 percent in all crimes in the US.
Figures from USA Today's website showed that the violent crime went up 17 percent in 2011 on 2010
Statistics from the website of the Congressional Research service showed that an estimated 14 612 people were murdered in 2011 and 9 903 of them were killed in firearms-related attacks, according to the report.
The freedoms of US citizens were severely curtailed with the government’s surveillance of ordinary Americans increasing.
The US Congress approved a bill in 2012 that authorises warrantless wiretapping and electronic communications monitoring by the government, a move that violates people's rights to privacy; while documents released by the American Civil Liberties Union in September 2012 reveal that federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly monitoring Americans’ electronic communications.
Between 2009 and 2011, the US Justice Department's combined number of original orders for “pen registers” and “trap and trace devices” used to spy on phones increased by 60 percent, from 23 535 in 2009 to 37 616.
The National Security Agency also collected purely domestic communications of Americans in a “significant and systematic” way, intercepting and storing 1.7 billion emails, phone calls and other types of communications..
The Chinese government also said the US continued to abuse foreigners at its Guantanamo Bay prison where over 170 inmates are being held without trial. Further to this, millions of people have been killed in illegal wars waged by the US in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the bombings in Pakistan.