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America's Deplorable Human Rights Record

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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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"Since then, a central goal of U.S. foreign policy has been the promotion of respect for human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." 

"The United States understands that the existence of human rights helps secure the peace, deter aggression, promote the rule of law, combat crime and corruption, strengthen democracies, and prevent humanitarian crises."

China's report advised Washington to clean up its own act at home, stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, and "cease using double standards on human rights" to advance its own imperial agenda.

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Beijing accused Washington of "severe" human and civil rights violations. At the same time, it claims Americans live in the "land of the free."

Why then were around 1,000 peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters arrested in the early weeks of their campaign? Police brutality was brutal and unconscionable. It continues to reflect despotism, not democracy.

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