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China publishes report to slam human rights violations in US

A US flag is tweaked ahead of a news conference between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, January 27, 2016. Photo: Reuters

China lashed out at the "terrible human rights problems" in the United States, in response to the US State Department's previous criticism of Chinese human rights record, according to a report issued by the State Council Information Office of China on Thursday.

"Wielding 'the baton of human rights', it pointed fingers and cast blame on the human rights situation in many countries while paying no attention to its own terrible human rights problems," the Xinhua News Agency cited the report as saying

The report, which is titled "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2016" came after the US State Department released a report on the global human rights situation on March 3, in which it pointed a finger at China and other countries.

Citing a mass of statistics from various official sources as evidence, the report lashed out at the US in areas of gun-related crimes, incarceration rate, livelihood of the middle- and low-income groups, women, children and old people's rights as well as racial discrimination and so on.

"The frequent occurrence of gun-related crimes led to heavy casualties and the incarceration rate remained high. There were a total of 58,125 gun violence incidents including 385 mass shootings in the United States in 2016, leaving 15,039 killed and 30,589 injured," the report said, citing figures from the Gun Violence Archive.

The US had the second highest prisoner rate, with 693 prisoners per 100,000 of the national population, the report said

One out of seven Americans remained in poverty, with the life of 45 million people in strained circumstances, according to the report.

The report also pointed out that the US did little to improve the tense racial relations and protect the rights of women, children and elders.

"Police killings were reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching ... Sexual harassments and assaults took place frequently ... Poverty rate among children remained high and an estimated 6.8 million people aged 10 to 17 were food insecure ... Cases of elder abuse happened from time to time and about 5 million older adults were subject to abuse each year," the report said.

In addition, the report accused the US for repeatedly trampling on human rights globally by willfully killing innocent people in countries such as Iraq and Syria and for not carrying out United Nations (UN) draft resolutions on the protection of human rights.

On Wednesday, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that US President Donald Trump's remarks about migrants, Mexicans, and Muslims were "harmful and fuel xenophobic abuses" and that his immigration policies could cause violations of international law.

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