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UK criticism on China's human rights runs counter to facts

By Liu Jie (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:29, May 21, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

Recently, the United Kingdom issued the “Human Rights and Democracy Report 2011” of different countries. In the report, the part involving China continues criticizing China's human right situation blindly and unreasonably.

The U.K. government completely turned a blind eye to the basic fact that China has made a great progress in improving its human rights situation, and instead, it used subjective assumptions and even lies of some "dissidents" and some specific economic and social issues to completely deny China's human rights situation. Connecting it with the fact that the West has frequently created social chaos in many countries and even carried out direct military interventions in recent years, people will have a good reason to doubt the true intention under the report.

“Selective neglect” ignores China’s progress

The first standard used to evaluate a country's human rights situation should be whether the human rights guarantee level of the country has practically risen. Actually, if the U.K. government cares about China's human rights situation, it should first pay attention to the welfare of the 1.3 billion people of China instead of a few Chinese people's appeals, and it especially should not deny China's human right development and progress because of a few people's complaints and dissatisfactions. From a population of 1.3 billion, it is easy to find a few people who are not satisfied with the current conditions or complain about China due to different reasons, but the point is that it should not be taken as the reason to deny China's overall human rights situation.

In fact, in the current world, no country is perfect in guaranteeing human rights. In August 2011, a severe riot occurred in London and later spread to the whole United Kingdom, leading to the arrest of more than 2,000 people. Behind it were serious human rights problems of the United Kingdom, including the racial discrimination, poverty, unemployment and high crime rate. In this sense, what the U.K. government currently should do first is neither to safeguard the "human rights" of a few people of China nor to censure China's human rights situation and deny China's human rights progress, but to carefully solve its own human right problems of various kinds so that large-scale social turbulence incident like the London riot will not occur again. A country should not always see only other countries' human rights problems but ignore its own human rights issues.

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