Facts and figures: Human Rights Record of US in 2005

The Information Office of China's State Council released a report on Thursday listing a multitude of facts and figures to show serious violations of human rights existing on the homeland of the United States.

The report was titled Human Rights Record of the United States in 2005. The following are the main facts and figures on the report:

-- The United States has the largest number of privately owned guns in the world. There were approximately 192 million privately owned firearms in the United States and in 2004 the United States recorded 339,200 firearm-related crimes.

-- After the Sept. 11 Attacks, the U.S. President has for dozens of times authorized the National Security Agency and other departments to wiretap some domestic phone calls. With this authorization, the National Security Agency may conduct surveillance over phone calls and e-mails of 500 U.S. citizens at a time.

-- In the United States,the total number and ratio of its people behind bars both rank the first in the world. The total number of people incarcerated in the United States was 2,267,800 at the end of 2004. This meant an incarceration rate of 724 per 100,000, up 18 percent from ten years earlier and 25 percent higher than that of any other nation.

-- During the mayoral election of New York City in November 2005, billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent 77.89 million U.S. dollars of his fortune for re-election. That came to more than 100 U.S. dollars per vote.

-- The nation's official poverty rate rose from 12.5 percent in 2003 to 12.7 percent in 2004, with the number of people in poverty rising by 1.1 million from 35.9 million to 37 million.

-- The income level of African American families is only one-tenth of that of white families, and the welfare enjoyed by black Americans is only three-fourths of their white counterparts. In 2004, the poverty rate was 24.7 percent for African Americans, 21.9 percent for Hispanics, and 8.6 percent for non-Hispanic whites.

-- Despite the fact that women account for 51.1 percent of the U.S. population, they hold only 81 seats in the 109th U.S. Congress, including 14 or 14 percent of the 100 Senate seats and 67 or 15.4 percent of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. In the United States, 5.3 million women are abused, and 1,232 women are killed by an intimate partner every year.

-- It was estimated that about 100,000 Iraqis, mostly women and children, had died in the Iraqi war launched by the U.S. government in 2003.

-- There occurred 350 self-maiming cases in the prison of Guantanamo, Cuba, in 2003, with 23 prisoners seeking to hang themselves in one week of August. In August 2005, 131 prisoners in Guantanamo went on a mass hunger strike to protest inhuman treatment by U.S. military.

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