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America's Deplorable Human Rights Record

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Others can be arrested and detained indefinitely uncharged in military prisons. Innocence is no defense. State terrorism is policy at home and abroad. That's how police states operate.

Freedom, human rights, and other democratic values are non-starters. Supporting what's right is hazardous. Challenging Washington's right to dominate globally risks persecution or death. America is unfit and unsafe to live in.

For the past 13 years, China's State Council Information Office published comprehensive reports on US human rights. Its most recent is titled "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011."

It said America's State Department publishes annual human rights reports for over 190 countries. It turns a blind eye to its own appalling record. China explains what Washington and supportive media suppress.

Its latest May 2012 report reveals America's "true human rights situation".and urges the United States to confront its own actions." Six topics are covered: 

(1) life, property and personal security;

(2) civil and political rights;

(3) economic, social and cultural rights;

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(4) racial discrimination; 

(5) women's and children's rights; and

(6) human rights violations abroad.

China's report reveals "a small yet illustrative fraction of the United States' dismal record on its own human rights situation."

America's "tarnished human rights record has left it in no state - whether on a moral, political or legal basis - to act as the world's human rights justice, to place itself above other countries and release the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices year after year (that) accuse and blame other countries."

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At the same time, it absolves itself through silence, duplicity, and/or bald-faced lies. According to the State Department:  

"The protection of fundamental human rights was a foundation stone in the establishment of the United States over 200 years ago." 

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