China criticizes US human rights
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Posted on Fri, Mar. 04, 2005
Heal thyself on human rights, China tells U.S.
By TIM JOHNSON
Knight Ridder Newspapers
BEIJING — China issued a report card Thursday on human rights in the United States.
It lambasted the Pentagon for “wanton slaughters” abroad, belittled U.S. elections as awash in special-interest cash, and accused U.S. courts of deep-seated racial bias.
The Chinese government report, which portrayed the United States as gun-crazed and unfair to minorities, came three days after the State Department released its annual report on human rights abuses in countries around the world, including China.
It marked the sixth straight year that China has countered the American report with one of its own, but this year's was particularly noteworthy because it condemned the United States for abuses by American soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
“In 2004, the atrocity of U.S. troops abusing Iraqi POWs exposed the dark side of the human rights performance of the United States,” the report said. It urged the United States to “reflect on its erroneous behavior” and deal with “tons of problems in its own human rights,” instead of censuring other nations.
In a report Monday, the State Department cited “numerous and serious abuses” in China against petitioners, writers and critics of one-party rule. It said inmates often died in custody, and thatmore than 250,000 were in labor camps without trials.