Thursday, March 31, 2005

No one knows criminals like criminals know criminals, I guess

So. China has an abysmal human rights record, no? They continue to occupy Tibet, they still jail political dissenters, they have persecuted Falun Gong members to a ludicrous degree, and even as the cities experience newfound riches, the countryside lives in terrifying poverty. So what did Chinese government do when the State department pointed this out in their annual report on worldwide human rights? They made their own report, this one on the American human rights record.

Despite tons of problems in its own human rights, the United States continues to stick to its belligerent stance, wantonly trample on the sovereignty of other countries and constantly stage tragedies of human rights infringement in the world.

Instead of indulging itself in publishing the "human rights country report" to censure other countries unreasonably, the United States should reflect on its erroneous behavior on human rights and take its own human rights problems seriously.

For the most part the report reads like what it is: a corrupt regime making excuses and trying to shift blame. But if you can get past that, it actually makes for a very englightening read. By enlightening, I of course mean sickening, depressing, etc. While a lot of the claims are clearly overblown, there are some in there that are well documented facts. But they are facts that people just don't talk about in the states. Just a small sampling of topics covered: Iraqi civilian deaths, rape statistics, gun deaths, AIDS in the black community, etc. I just wish our own government had been the one to point out all these problems. It is very disheartening to see China be pedantic about human rights. (The above link goes to a NY Times summary, which is all you really should read. If you want the whole thing, though, here's the full text) [link via the illustrious metafilter]