America’s Shame

America's Dirty Little Secret
America's Dirty Little Secret

China hits back with report on U.S. human rights record

Just goes to show you that people that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks.

·China issued a report Thursday, hitting back at a United States report on China’s human rights.
·The report reveals that U.S. has turned a blind eye to its own violations of human rights.
·The report reviewed the U.S. human rights record from six perspectives.

By Xinhua writers Fu Shuangqi and Wu Xiaojun

BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) — China on 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. 25.

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.

“As in previous years, the reports are full of accusations of the human rights situation in more than 190 countries and regions, including China, but mention nothing of the widespread human rights abuses on its own territory,” China said in its report.

“The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2008 is prepared to help people around the world understand the real situation of human rights in the United States, and as a reminder for the United States to reflect upon its own issues,” China said.

The report reviewed the U.S. human rights record 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.

The report warned the United States that widespread violent crime posed serious threats to its people’s lives and security.

According to a report published in September 2008 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the country reported 1.4 million violent crimes, including 17,000 murders and 9.8 million property crimes in 2007.

More frequent gun killings were a serious threat to the lives of U.S. citizens, the report said.

It quoted the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention assaying that 1.35 million high school students in 2007 were either threatened or injured with a weapon at least once on school property.

The report said an increasing number of restrictions had been imposed on civil rights in the United States.

It cited government surveillance of online activities, new legislation on government wiretapping last July, more cases of police abuse of force and neglect of basic rights of 2.3 million prisoners in the United States.

The United States was facing a number of social problems, including a wide wealth gap, increasing number of homeless, needy people and those suffering hunger, the report said.

It quoted the U.S. Census Bureau as saying in August 2008 that 12.5 percent of Americans, or 37.3 million people, were living in poverty in 2007, up from 36.5 million in 2006.

The unemployment rate increased from 4.6 percent in 2007 to 5.8percent in 2008, the report said.

People in the United States saw their pension plans shrink, health insurance cut and school tuition increase, while drugs, suicide and other social problems prevailed, according to the report.

The report said racial discrimination prevails in “every aspect of social life” in the United States, ranging from income, employment, education, to judicial system, often with African Americans as major victims.

“Nearly one quarter of black American households live below the poverty line, three times that of white households,” it said, citing The State of Black America, issued by the National Urban League in March 2008.

The jobless rate for blacks was 10.6 percent in the third quarter of 2008, twice that of the whites, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The report said the African American high school graduation and college entry rates still lingered at the level of whites “two or three decades ago”, and African American students in public schools were “more likely to get physical punishment than White children.”

“African American youths arrested for murder are at least three times more likely than their white peers to receive life imprisonment without the possibility of parole,” the report said, quoting a 2008 report of the New York-based Human Rights Watch.

It also mentioned the infringement of basic rights of indigenous Americans, inhumane treatment received by immigrants, and serious racial hostility and rising hate crime in the United States.

On “worrisome” conditions of women and children, the report said gender-based discrimination in employment, and domestic violence and sexual violence toward women were quite serious.

Also, an increasing number of children were living in poverty and danger of being physically or mentally harmed due to abuse and violence.

“The United States is one of the few countries in the world where minors receive the same criminal punishments as adults,” the report said. “It is the only country in the world that sentences children to life in prison without possibility of parole or release.”

“The United States has a string of records of trampling on the sovereignty of and violating human rights in other countries,” the report said.

It listed the Iraq war, prisoner abuse at Guantanamo, the five-decade embargo against Cuba and arm sales.

The war in Iraq had claimed more than 1 million civilian lives and caused the same number of homeless people, it said.

The United States maintained the embargo against Cuba, though the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution urging itto end the embargo in last October.

U.S. arm sales reached 32 billion U.S. dollars in 2007 and weapons were sold to more than 174 nations and regions.

The United States was inactive on its international human rights obligations and offered outbound humanitarian aid that was dwarfed by its status as the richest country in the world, the report said.

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 report on the 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.

The dirty little secret that America does not want the world to know. How our own government takes away rights of their own citizens, particulary women and children. In America the Family Court System and its criminals treat women and children as chattel/property.


One thought on “America’s Shame

    The last 10 years of my life have been a living hell and I feel no relief in sight. I am so tired of fighting. These years have aged me significantly, living in fear every day and constantly worrying about me and my children’s safety. It is becoming unbearable! The fear itself at times, feels worse than the abuse. I have abided by the laws and this system of laws continues to fail me and my children.
    I cannot begin to explain how my heart and trust in anyone has been shattered. My faith in the system destroyed and my hopes for the future set back in constant fear. After the years of my abusers manipulation and blatant, mortifying abuse, which will haunt me and my children forever, I find it difficult to imagine that I may ever live a moment without looking over my shoulder. We have been beat down by our abuser and now we have been totally beaten down by an overtly, uncaring system.
    In my abusers efforts to harm me, he will conclusively, cause extreme harm to my children. I don’t see what is so difficult to see here; he’s told me so over and over and over again. Every time the family court knocked me down, it gave him more and more power, and the abuse continued to get worse, and worse and worse. All he has to do is lie and manipulate the court system, sweet talk the child protection worker, make wild claims that I’m crazy and I’m trying to take his kids away. Everything I say from there, gets twisted and my scared to death, mute children won’t say a word to the obviously, uncaring child protection worker. God forbid we be wasting her precious time here. Not wasting her precious time on my children was blatantly proven, by the lack of not bothering to show up at the Emergency Room when my children were in severe trauma and talking about what “Daddy” did. Six and a half hours at the ER; no child protection worker, no police authority, no one. What my children explained to the SANE nurse and the hospital social worker is now hearsay, and this then enables the child protection worker to label the perpetrator as “unknown.” Hence, I guess then no criminal charges can be brought either, because he’s never even been questioned about the abuse.
    Our story is laden with truths that no one wants to see or acknowledge, because they are simply incomprehensible acts by a father; even though he’s a psychopathological, drug abusing, child sexual predator. The family court continually turned over my children to a man they knew was hurting them. Severe mental abuse and “slight” physical abuse was admitted by the abuser and documented very early on, but this supposedly is not abuse in the family court. I guess an abuser has to harm a child until they are damaged for life, because gee, it’s their child after all and it’s their right. The saddest part is that once severe abuse is proven and documented, uncannily, child protection perceives the mother to somehow still be at fault. She pushed him into harming her children because she just wouldn’t stop the fight. Family Courts and Child Protection Workers moronically, elevate abusers power by repeating their taunts – “shut up, it’s your fault.” If allegations of abuse are raised, the allegations are used against the victims. You’re lying, the children are lying, anyone reporting the abuse is lying, counselors are lying, everybody is conspiring against this poor father. Again, God forbid, the abuser in question, oops father in question, can’t possibly be lying to cover his abuses.
    I have to believe in my heart that there has to be someone out there who can and will help us; and by us I mean all abused women and children. If people just knew how our Family Courts and Child Protection Workers are teaching and encouraging, once innocent children, how to continue the cycle of abuse, they would want to stop it too. I just have to hold onto a tremendous disbelief that the Legal System in the United States of America could be so archaic, gender biased, and insensitive to the needs of battered women and abused children, which goes hand in hand.
    Nicole Andrews

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