Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

China Hits Back at 'Prejudiced' U.S. With Own Rights Criticism

China in a ‘league of its own’ when it comes to human rights abuses says United States Eloisa Lopez AFP | A file
Steven Clarke | 17 March, 2019, 00:18

Beijing now holds over 1 million Uighurs and other Muslim minority citizens in detention camps in the country's Western Xinjiang Autonomous Region. "The government also is increasing its persecution against Christians, Tibetans and anyone who espouses different views from those or advocates of those of government or advocates change in government", Pompeo alleged.

The State Department representative gave an address to mark the release of Washington's 2019 "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices".

Responding to the U.S. report, Amnesty International criticized the Trump administration for engaging with governments, including that of Saudi Arabia, "regardless of their human rights record, if doing so will advance USA interests".

A leading researcher on China's ethnic policies estimates there could be 1.5 million Uighurs and other Muslims being held in so-called re-education centers in Xinjiang region, up from his earlier figure of 1 million.

Ambassador Michael Kozak, a senior official with the department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, was even more frank about China's practices in a question-and-answer session with reporters after Pompeo's remarks.

The Iranian government past year killed more than 20 people and illegally arrested thousands for protesting for their rights, he said.

Tehran was also cited for contributing to rights abuses in Syria through its support for President Bashar al-Assad, and in Yemen for backing the Houthi rebels battling for control of the country.

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The report also accused the government of arbitrary or unlawful killings, forced disappearances, torture and arbitrary detention.

He said in South Sudan, military forces inflicted sexual violence against civilians based on their political allegiances and ethnicity, while peaceful protesters in Nicaragua had been fired on by snipers and government critics had "faced a policy of exile, jail or death".

Pompeo acknowledged that despite extreme abuses in many countries, Washington would work with them if needed.

The U.S.is locked in negotiations with China to resolve disputes over trade and intellectual property rights, while President Donald Trump has frequently offered praise of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the relationship they've developed. Mike Pompeo says Huawei Has Deep Connections to Chinese Government, Poses a Threat to the World.

If one takes a glimpse into the human rights situation of the United States in 2018, it will not be hard to find that the United States government, a self-styled "human rights defender", has a human rights record which is flawed and lackluster, and the double standards of human rights it pursues are obvious.

"We strongly object to this anti-China side-event sponsored by the United States mission", said the diplomat, who didn't give his name, charging that the event was "obviously driven by a political agenda".

A separate section on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, areas that Israel captured along with the Golan Heights in a 1967 Middle East war, also did not refer to those territories as being "occupied" or under "occupation". China's recent response to the U.S. human rights record called out its western rival for "shocking gender discrimination" and the "unceasing immigration tragedy" on the U.S. -Mexico border. Rarely has that reality been laid out in such stark terms - particularly in the opening pages of a report meant to underscore the USA commitment to those freedoms.

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