Full Text of Human Rights Record of United States in 2008
China Thursday hit back at a United States report on its human rights with its own report on the U.S. human rights record.
"The U.S. practice of throwing stones at others while living in a glass house is a testimony to the double standards and hypocrisy of the United States in dealing with human rights issues and has undermined its international image," the Information Office of the State Council said in its report on the U.S. human rights record.
The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2008 was in retaliation to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2008 issued by the U.S. Department of State on Feb. 26.
For years, the United States had positioned itself over other countries and released the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices annually to criticize human rights conditions in other countries, using it as a tool to interfere with and demonize other nations, the report said. "The U.S. has turned a blind eye to its own violations of human rights."
The report reviewed the human rights record of the United States in 2008 from six perspectives: life and personal security; civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; racial discrimination; rights of women and children; and the United States' violation of human rights in other countries.
China in the report advised the U.S. government to face its own human rights problems with courage, and to stop applying double standards to human rights issues.
This is the 10th consecutive year that the Information Office of China's State Council has issued a human rights record of the United States to answer the U.S. State Department's annual report.
"Respect for and protection of human rights is an important indication of civilization and progress of human society," the report said. "Every government shoulders a common responsibility in committing itself to the improvement of human rights conditions." Source:Xinhua