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China Releases “2023 Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States”

On May 29th, China’s State Council Information Office released a “2023 Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States.” The following are some highlights from the report:

In 2023, the human rights situation in the U.S. continued to deteriorate. Some 76 percent of Americans believe their country is heading in the wrong direction.

Intense partisan fights, governmental dysfunction, and ineffective governance have resulted in the inability to effectively protect civil and political rights. Mass shootings remain rampant, with approximately 43,000 people dead from gun violence [in 2023], averaging 117 deaths per day. Police brutality is rampant, with at least 1,247 people dying due to police violence in 2023, the highest number since 2013. Although the U.S. population accounts for less than 5 percent of the global population, it holds 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, truly making it a “prison nation.” Partisan strife continues to intensify, with elections manipulated by gerrymandering and with two “house speaker election debacles” in the U.S. House of Representatives. Only 16 percent of surveyed Americans expressed that they trust the federal government.

Racism is deeply rooted in the U.S. Nearly 60 percent of Asian Americans report facing racial discrimination, and the “China Initiative” targeting Chinese scientists has had far-reaching negative impacts.

The gap between rich and poor in the U.S. is widening, with the “working poor” phenomenon becoming more prominent and with economic and social rights protection systems failing.

Women’s and children’s rights in the United States have long been systematically violated.

Despite being a nation historically and presently benefiting from immigrants, the U.S. has severe issues of exclusion and discrimination against immigrants.

The U.S. has long practiced hegemony, pursuing power politics, and abusing military force and unilateral sanctions. It continues to export weapons such as cluster munitions to other countries. This has exacerbated regional tensions and armed conflicts, causing numerous civilian casualties and severe humanitarian crises. Moreover, the U.S. has carried out extensive “foreign agent” operations, destabilizing other societies and infringing on their human rights. To this day, it refuses to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Source: People’s Daily, May 29, 2024