by Stephen Lendman
China’s annual reports on US human rights abuses counter ones produced by the State Department – judging other nations, ignoring America’s high crimes at home and abroad.
Examining its 2016 domestic and foreign record, China again exposed the myth of America’s claim about being a human rights defender.
Using data from the US Justice Department, FBI, other US agencies, state ones, think tanks, the UN, international and US media, China reported what America wants concealed.
Its incarceration rate is the world’s highest by far. In 2016, 58,125 gun violence incidents occurred, “including 385 mass shootings, in the United States in 2016, leaving 15,039 killed and 30,589 injured.”
Almost one in three adults have criminal records, mostly people of color. The disparity between rich and poor keeps widening. The proportion of adults with full-time employment reached a 33-year low.
Middle America is disappearing, poverty increasing, millions struggling to get by. The average life expectancy fell slightly.
Racism worsened. According to the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, racial discrimination in America remains a major problem.
“The colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remained a serious challenge.”
“Police killings (are) reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching. The United States (is) undergoing a ‘human rights crisis.’ “
No improvement occurred in protecting the rights of women, children, the elderly and others most vulnerable.
Women earn much less than men. Sexual harassment and assaults happen often. In 2016, one-fourth of women said they were harassed on the job.
Around 20% of female college students said they were sexually assaulted. Levels of child poverty, food insecurity, hunger and homelessness are appalling.
So is elder abuse, “about 5 million older adults subjected to abuse each year.”
“The United States repeatedly trampled on human rights in other countries and willfully slaughtered innocent victims” in numerous countries, waging endless wars of aggression on the phony pretext of combating terrorism.
Unlawful detentions and torture persist. “The United States refused to approve core international conventions on human rights and did not accept UN draft resolutions related to human rights.”
“It still has not ratified core international human rights conventions, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women; the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”
During last September’s General Assembly meeting, it “voted against draft resolutions related to human rights including ‘The right to development,’ ‘Human rights and unilateral coercive measures,’ ‘Promotion of a democratic and equitable international order,’ and ‘Declaration on the right to peace.’ “
America’s human rights record is appalling by any standard. China’s report is accurate and revealing.
It could have included much more, yet dispelled fantasy official and scoundrel media reports, concealing America’s despicable record