Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Ultimate Comeback

So last week the State Department released their annual Human Rights reports, and every year the voices from around the world criticizing it get louder and louder. So in the Western Hemisphere we already have Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela speaking out and probably more. Perhaps more surprisingly Big Al had some choice words about the US report on Colombia, calling the report both biased and politically motivated. That’s right, the US’ main ally in the region agrees with Chavez, Correa and Castro that these reports are total bullshit. Then today we get Haitian President Preval with some harsh words for the US, even though he needs every friend he can get right now.

Lat/Am Daily noticed that Correa suggested Ecuador put out its own report, on human rights in the US, but one country already does this, China.

Yeah, China ain’t new to the game, they’ve been pissed about this before it was the cool thing to do and this is their 11th report on human rights in the US. So take a look at excerpts from this years report, from Xinhua:

The report is "prepared to help people around the world understand the real situation of human rights in the United States," said the report. 

The report reviewed the human rights record of the United States in 2009 from six perspectives: life, property and personal security; civil and political rights; economic, social and cultural rights; racial discrimination; rights of women and children; and the US' violation of human rights against other countries. 

It criticized the United States for taking human rights as "a political instrument to interfere in other countries' internal affairs, defame other nations' image and seek its own strategic interests." 

China advised the US government to draw lessons from the history, put itself in a correct position, strive to improve its own human rights conditions and rectify its acts in the human rights field. 

This is the 11th consecutive year that the Information Office of China's State Council has issued a human rights record of the United States to answer the US State Department's annual report. 

"At a time when the world is suffering a serious human rights disaster caused by the US subprime crisis-induced global financial crisis, the US government still ignores its own serious human rights problems but revels in accusing other countries. It is really a pity," the report said. 

You should really click through and read the whole thing, here is the link again just in case.

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