Report of China on the situation of human rights in the U.S.

Report on human rights in the United States in 2010 was published the Information Office of the State Council of China, in response to the U.S. report on human rights practices of the countries, the U.S. State Department issued April 8, 2010.

In the report, the Chinese government said that the reports of the U.S. "full of distortions and accusations of human rights abuses in more than 190 countries and regions, including China. However, the United States turned a blind eye to its own appalling situation of human rights and trying to conceal it. "

The United States is using human rights as "a political instrument to blacken the image of other people and find their own strategic interests."

Grim list of violations of human rights in the United States does not give them the right to act as the world's "judges on human rights."

"However, they are from one year to publish information on the observance of human rights by countries to accuse them of violating these rights," — the report says.

These steps are fully reveal the hypocrisy of the U.S. showing double standards on human rights, and malicious intent to exercise dominion under the pretext of human rights.

The report recommended that the U.S. government "to take concrete actions to improve its own human rights situation, to check and correct their laws in the field of human rights and to end its hegemonic habits, interfering in the internal affairs of other countries under the pretext of human rights."

Violation of Civil Rights

In the United States, violations of civil and political rights by the government is a serious problem.

The report, citing data published by the American Civil Liberties Union in September 2010, states that the privacy of citizens undermined. On October 1, 2008 to June 2, 2010, more than 6,600 tourists were searched with the help of electronic devices, nearly half of them — the American citizens.

Abuse of violence and torture suspects to extract confessions is a serious problem in the United States law enforcement agencies. "Quite often there are unjust conviction."

Speaking for Internet freedom, the U.S. in fact imposes fairly strict restriction on cyberspace.

United States applies double standards on Internet freedom by requiring unrestricted "Internet freedom" from other countries, and introducing strict limits on its territory, which becomes an important diplomatic tool for the United States to impose pressure and achieve superiority over other countries.

U.S. considers itself a "beacon of democracy". However, their democracy is largely based on money.

According to media reports, in 2010, the candidates of the House of Representatives and the Senate broke the record, utilizing more than half a billion U.S. dollars as of October 24 on the midterm elections. The final amount of the cost of mid-term elections held in November 2010 amounted to 3.98 billion U.S. dollars, making them the most expensive in U.S. history.

The highest number of violent crimes

In the United States, one in five people is a victim of a crime.

The United States formally reported the highest number of violent crimes: the lives, property, personal safety is not adequately protected.

The report said, citing data from the U.S. Justice Department in 2009 against U.S. citizens 12 years and older was committed 4.3 million violent crimes, 15.6 million property crimes and 133,000 personal thefts of property. The crime rate was 17.1 per 1000 people injured.

The United States also leads the world in the number of holders of personal weapons, and have a high percentage of crimes committed with its use. The report notes that the United States has little control over the wildly growing number of weapons in private use.

In the report, referring to the media, said that in the United States with a population of nearly three hundred million, about ninety million people hold about two hundred million copies of weapons.

According to statistics, the U.S. is 12,000 murders a year.

In recent years, the focus is on frequent killings in the U.S. college campuses.

Deep-seated racial discrimination

"Racial discrimination is deeply rooted in the United States, permeates all aspects of public life", — the report says.

Minority groups face discrimination in employment and occupation. With reference to the U.S. media, the report reveals that a dark-skinned people are treated unfairly: they are denied career advancement, social security and employment.

It is reported that a third of blacks at work faced discrimination, against which only a sixteenth of the filed complaint.

According to a report in the newspaper "New York Times" on September 23, 2010, by the end of September 30, 2009, Muslim workers filed 803 complaints about discrimination in employment, which is 20 percent more than the previous year.

Do minority groups a high level of unemployment, and they do not enjoy the same political status as is accorded to white men.

The report, citing data from the U.S. media, said that the U.S. has a high proportion of poor minorities. In 2009, the proportion of poor blacks was 25.8 percent, and Hispanics and Asians — 25.3 percent and 12.5 percent respectively, much higher than that of non-Hispanic whites (9.4 percent).

In the U.S. minority groups face obvious inequality in education and health, causing concern among African Americans.

In the law enforcement and judicial systems is manifested racial discrimination, frequent crimes are motivated by racial hatred, and the rights and interests of the immigrants are not guaranteed.

The share of the poor population has a record level

The proportion of Americans living in poverty rose to a record level.

In 2009, a total of 44 million Americans found themselves in poverty. This is 4 million more than in 2008.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2009 the proportion of people living in poverty rose to 14.3 percent. This is the highest level recorded since 1994.

The number of hungry and homeless Americans has increased dramatically. Gradually, each year an increasing number of Americans without health insurance.

Meanwhile, according to the report, the unemployment rate in the United States remained as high.

Media data show that from December 2007 to October 2010, the country lost 7.5 million jobs.

Worried about the rights of women and children

In the United States against women is widespread gender discrimination. Women are often subjected to ill-treatment and sexual abuse.

The statistics showed that in the country of about 20 million women are victims of rape, and almost every fifth student and nearly 3,000 female soldiers were sexually assaulted in fiscal year 2008, an increase of 9 percent over the previous year.

In the U.S., women are also victims of domestic violence each year about 1.3 million people, of whom 92 percent are women, victims of domestic violence.

Many children in the U.S. are living in poverty, and their physical and mental health causes concern, as almost one in four children is hungry.

The report, citing data from the official website of Love Our Children USA, also said that the country's violence against children is a very serious problem. It is reported that each year more than three million children are victims of violence, but the actual number of affected children is three times larger.

In the United States, more than 93 thousand children are now in custody, and 75 to 95 percent of children have experienced a traumatic event, including sexual abuse or neglect.

According to the report, the Internet is booming pornography, which seriously harms American children as seven out of ten children accidentally come across pornography on the Internet, and one-third did so intentionally.

Violations of human rights at the international level

The United States is well known for violation of human rights at the international level.

US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to heavy casualties among the civilian population.

The numbers on the WikiLeaks website revealed that between March 2003 and until the end of 2009 victims of the war in Iraq began to 285 thousand people. 63 percent of the 109,000 people killed in the Iraq war were civilians.

"U.S. military action in Afghanistan and other regions have also brought tremendous casualties among the local population."

The report refers to the notorious "team killers", established in Afghanistan, five soldiers from the Fifth Brigade Combat Team, Second Infantry Division of the U.S. armed forces. The team members have committed at least three murders, firing at random and hitting a three Afghan civilians and then dismembering their bodies, they took human bones.

In addition, with reference to the editorial team McClatchy, the report says that in 2009, the US-led NATO forces were responsible for 535 deaths and injuries among Afghan civilians, including 113 civilians were killed (an increase of 43 percent compared with 2008 ).

Scandals involving mistreatment of prisoners

In the U.S., detained persons are collared under the pretext of the "war on terror" are bullied in various ways.

The report states (with reference to a document provided by the UN Council on Human Rights in May 2010) that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) established secret detention facilities to interrogate so-called "high-value detainees."

According to the document, in their establishments CIA kept 94 detainees and to varying degrees used "harsh methods" in the interrogation of 28 of those detained, including postures that cause stress, extreme temperatures, sleep deprivation and "simulated drowning."

Failure to comply with international obligations

United States refused to join a number of key international conventions on human rights and to meet their international obligations.

To date, the United States has not ratified either the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, nor the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

According to the report, in addition, the country has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons, which to date 96 countries have ratified.

To date, a total of 193 countries have joined the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but the U.S. remains one of the very few countries that have not yet ratified it.

In addition, the first report on internal human rights situation, the U.S. government presented to the UN Council on Human Rights for the universal periodic review 20 August 2010, received a list of 228 recommendations to improve this situation nearly 60 countries delegations.

These recommendations included, inter alia, ratification of the main international conventions on human rights, the rights of ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples, racial discrimination and the prison at Guantanamo. However, the United States took only about 40 of them.

During the discussion, the United States, acting on some delegations noted that the obligation of the United States in the field of human rights is far from satisfactory, and they urged the United States to meet its own obligations by taking concrete steps to solve the existing problems in this area.

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