China Blasts the U.S. on Racism, Guns and Voting Rights in Human Rights Report

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President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018
President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018Credit: Evan Vucci / אי־פי

China on Tuesday issued a report on the United States' human rights situation in 2017.

The report, titled "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2017," was released by the Information Office of the State Council, China's cabinet, in response to the Trump admin's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 issued by the U.S. State Department on April 20 local time.

Running up to nearly 10,000 Chinese characters, the report uses the solid facts and data to present the worsening human rights record of this world's biggest power that always professes itself to be a human rights defender.

The report accused the United States of serious infringement on citizens' civil rights, systematic racial discrimination, severe flaws in the American-style democracy, widening rich-poor divide, discrimination and assault against some specific groups such as women, children and people with disabilities as well as its continued violations of human rights in other countries.

The report says the United States cannot resolve the spiraling violent crime rate and gun flooding.

According to the report, there were 60,091 cases of shooting incidents in 2017 in the United States, leaving 15,182 deaths and 30,619 injuries.

The report notes that on the evening of October 1, 2017, almost 60 people were killed and more than 800 injured in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The report says that the frequent racial conflicts and systematic racial discrimination exist even in the law-enforcement and judicial areas.

Hate crimes triggered by racial discrimination are still rampant in recent years. According to the data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on November 13, 2017, the number of hate crimes in 2016 reached 6,121, a peak that has never seen in recent years.

It also quoted some reports of polls of American academics as saying that the respondents believed that American democracy is "drowning in money."

On the poor-rich divide, the report says that the number of homeless people is on the rise and the drug abuse and contraband drugs are flooding the society, with more people short of medical services.

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that more than 40 million Americans are living in poverty and about 18.5 million living in deep poverty, with reported family income below half of the poverty threshold.

The report says that women are facing job discrimination. A report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that the US retail industry lost 54,300 jobs between October 2016 and October 2017, with about 163,000 jobs for women cut while about 106,000 jobs added for men.

Besides, the rights of children and people with disabilities are also subject to violence and right infringements.

According to the report, the US-led military operations in other countries have caused heavy civilian casualties. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp continued to detain and torture foreigners. The United States also made cyber warfare tools, hacking and spying foreign networks.

A Chronology of Human Rights Violations of the United States in 2017 was also released by the office Tuesday.

The report comes after the U.S. State Department released its annual human rights report last Friday.

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