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Report slams human rights woes in US

By ZHOU JIN | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2021-03-02 07:26

A woman wears a protective face mask while carrying her dog as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in New York City on November 20, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

Pandemic containment described as incompetence that killed over 500,000

China's State Council Information Office will issue a report on human rights violations in the United States in 2020, an official statement released on Monday said.

The 15,000-Chinese-character document details Washington's incompetent pandemic containment, which has led to tragic outcomes, disordered US democracy triggering political chaos, ethnic minorities being subjected to racial discrimination, continuous social unrest threatening public security, growing polarization between rich and poor aggravating social inequality and the US' trampling of international rules, resulting in humanitarian disasters.

The report says that although the US population is less than 5 percent of the global total, the number of COVID-19 infections in the country exceeds 25 percent of worldwide cases and the number of deaths accounts for nearly 20 percent of the global total, with over 500,000 people having lost their lives.

The report said that Washington has become the biggest troublemaker undermining global security and stability.

While global solidarity is much needed during the fight against the pandemic, the US insisted on pursuing a "US first" policy, promoting isolation and unilateralism, imposing sanctions on others and bullying international organizations as well as treating asylum-seekers brutally.

The public's confidence in the US political system has dropped to the lowest point in the past 20 years, the report said.

Money politics suppressed the will of the public, making elections a "one-man show" of the wealthy class, it said.

The report said that gun violence as well as the gun trade in the country hit a record high in 2020, resulting in public distrust of social order.

In 2020, more than 41,500 people were killed in gun violence in the US, an average of over 110 people every day, the report said.

On Friday, 23 United Nations human rights experts released a joint statement calling on the US government to adopt wide-ranging reforms to put an end to police violence and to vigorously address systemic racism and racial discrimination.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a daily news conference on Monday, "We hope the US will reject double standards, face up to its serious domestic human rights problems like racism and violence by law enforcement officials and take concrete measures to promote and protect human rights."

Everyone in the world, regardless of ethnicity, color, gender or nationality, should have their lives cherished and respected, and their human rights should be protected, Wang said.

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