China is often at pains to show what it believes is the hypocrisy of the “Land of the Free” dictating to other cultures and countries American values and rights. China’s white paper lays out the reality of America in 2013: a rise in violent crimes, pervasive state surveillance on its Citizens, prison chain gangs, the widening wealth gap in the population, rising racial tensions and of course the every prevalent rise of gun ownership. Whilst the paper is a reaction to recent criticism, it pinpoints glaring contradictions in American attitudes towards China.
Feb. 28th 2014 (Xinhua) -- The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China: "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2013".
The full text of the report is available here as a PDF or the original web page from Xinhua: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-02/28/c_133150579.htm
Foreword to the report.
The State Department of the United States, which posed as "the world judge of human rights," made arbitrary attacks and irresponsible remarks on the human rights situation in almost 200 countries and regions again in its just-released Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013. However, the U.S. carefully concealed and avoided mentioning its own human rights problems. In fact, there were still serious human rights problems in the U.S in 2013, with the situation in many fields even deteriorating.
-- In 2013, 137 people died in 30 mass killings, which caused four or more deaths each, in the U.S.. A shooting rampage in the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C. left 12 people dead.
-- The U.S. engaged in a tapping program, code-named PRISM, exercising long-term and vast surveillance both at home and abroad. The program is a blatant violation of international law and seriously infringes on human rights.
-- The use of solitary confinement is prevalent in the U.S.. About 80,000 U.S. prisoners are in solitary confinement in the country. Some have even been held in solitary confinement for over 40 years.
-- The U.S. still faces grave employment situation with its unemployment rate remained high. Rates of unemployment for the lowest-income families have topped 21 percent. The homeless population in the U.S. kept swelling and it had climbed 16 percent from 2011 to 2013.
-- There are a large amount of child laborers in the agricultural sector in the U.S. and their physical and mental health was seriously harmed.
-- Frequent drone strikes by the U.S. in countries including Pakistan and Yemen have caused heavy civilian casualties. The U.S. has carried out 376 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, causing deaths of up to 926 civilians.
-- The U.S. remains a country which has not ratified or participated in a series of core UN conventions on human rights, such as 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.