Friday, January 21, 2011

Obama Challenges China on Human Rights

Obama Challenges China on Human Rights - by Stephen Lendman

During Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit, a US - China Joint Statement said:

"The United States stressed that the promotion of human rights and democracy is an important part of its foreign policy. China stressed that there should be no interference in any country's internal affairs."

Washington often chides other nations about their abuses and injustices at home and abroad. In fact, no other nation matches America's disdain for human and civil rights, yet as Washington Post writers John Pomfret and Scott Wilson said in their January 20 article headlined, "Obama hosts Hu Jintao on state visit, presses China on human rights:"

"President Obama used his summit Wednesday with Chinese President Hu Jintao to place human rights front and center in the US relationship with the world's preeminent ascending power."

New York Times writers Helene Cooper and Mark Landler stressed the same theme in their January 19 article headlined, "Obama Pushes Hu on Rights but Stresses Ties to China," stating:

Obama "prodded China to make progress on human rights,' quoting him saying they're a:

"source of tension between our two governments. (Americans) have some core views....about the universality of certain rights: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly....(T)he world is more just when the rights and responsibilities of all nations and all people are upheld, including the universal rights of every human being," ones Washington flaunts globally while pointing fingers at others.

A previous article addressed China's documentation of US human rights abuses, accessed through the following link:

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2010/04/chinas-documentation-of-us-human-rights.html

Below are some of its revelations, and while China is no human rights model, America is far more guilty of crimes against humanity and the supreme international crime against peace - waging unjustifiable wars of aggression.

Last November, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) cited others "carried out on the pretext of combating terrorism." Specific human rights violations were covered, notably torture and other abuses at Guantanamo, ones America won't address or correct as well as similar practices overseas and in homeland gulag prisons. America notoriously commits the most egregious human rights crimes repeatedly. Pointing fingers at others exposes its gross hypocrisy.

Yet on March 11, 2010, mostly with no source documentation, the US State Department issued its "2009 Human Rights Report: China (including Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau)," calling the People's Republic of China (PRC) "an authoritarian state in which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) constitutionally is the paramount source of power," practicing:

-- "cultural and religious repression;"

-- harassment of human rights activists;

-- persecution and disbarment of lawyers who defend them;

-- control of free expression, the Internet, and free access;

-- extrajudicial killings;

-- torture and coerced prisoner confessions;

-- using forced labor, including in prison;

-- monitoring, harassing, detaining, arresting, and imprisoning "journalists, writers, dissidents, activists, petitioners, and defense lawyers and their families;"

-- denial of due process;

-- political control of courts and judges;

-- administrative detentions and prolonged illegal ones;

-- "tight restriction (on) freedom to assemble, practice religion, and travel;"

-- failure "to protect refugees and asylum-seekers adequately;"

-- forced repatriations of North Koreans;

-- pressure on other countries to repatriate Chinese citizens;

-- monitoring and restricting local and international NGOs;

-- "endemic corruption;

-- trafficking in persons;

-- discrimination against women, minorities, and persons with disabilities;

-- forced abortion(s and) sterilization(s);"

-- no legal right to strike or have independent union representation;

-- "arbitrary or unlawful deprivation of life;"

-- harsh and degrading treatment in prisons;

-- arbitrary arrests and detentions;

-- "arbitrary interference with privacy, family, home, or correspondence;" and more.

On March 13, China's Information Office of the State Council responded with its own comprehensive report, titled: "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009," correctly saying America:

"released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2009....posing as 'the world judge of human rights' again. As in previous years, the reports are full of accusations of the human rights situation in more than 190 countries and regions including China, but turn a blind eye to, or dodge and even cover up rampant human rights abuses on its own territory (and those of other nations. China's report) is prepared to help people around the world understand the real situation of human rights in the United States."

Countering US misinformation, it presented an accurate account of what US propaganda suppresses, revealing important, substantiated facts about:

-- the world's most lawless state;

-- a society in social crisis;

-- a domestic armed camp under police state laws that suppress human rights and civil liberties, criminalize dissent, allow illegal spying, control information, persecute political prisoners for political advantage, and deny them due process and judicial fairness;

-- torture as official US policy at home and abroad;

-- the operator of the world's largest global gulag;

-- systematic targeted killings;

-- permanent wars for unchallengeable world dominance:

-- targeting peaceful nations;

-- committing ruthless state terror;

-- endangering world stability and peace;

-- illegally transferring public wealth to elitist private hands;

-- stealing elections;

-- running a one-party state with two wings, each as criminally ruthless and corrupted as the other, and;

-- as a result, is hated and feared globally and to a growing degree at home.

Overall, America is a lawless, violent terror state, intolerant of human and civil rights, democratic values, and basic notions of freedom and equal justice.

Hardly a record to extol. Indeed one to suppress, what America's major media cooperate in doing, assuring more people abroad understand than shamefully few at home.

China's analysis covered six major topics, using corroborating data from the US Justice Department (DOJ), FBI, other US agencies, state ones, think tanks, and international and US media reports, revealing a far different America than portrayed in the mainstream and by misleading government reports.

It revealed millions of violent and property crimes; systemic civil, human and political rights violations; denial of economic, social and cultural rights; racial discrimination against Blacks, Latinos, Muslims, Immigrants of color, and Native Americans; flaunting the rights of women and children; and committing human rights violations globally. It's a record of shame, not pride, including prison abuse in the world's largest gulag.

It's real, accurate and disturbing, not the fiction popularly believed or portrayed daily in films, television, and published reports. It's an ugly America, not what Obama proclaimed on Human Rights day, December 10, 2010, saying:

"Today, we continue the fight to make universal human rights a reality for every person, regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or circumstance....The United States will always speak for those who are voiceless, defend those who are oppressed, and bear witness to those who want nothing more than to exercise their universal human rights."

Not a word about how many millions America murdered globally since 9/11/01 alone, how many others are persecuted at home, and how many hundreds of political prisoners remain incarcerated - in fact, many thousands including undocumented Latino and other immigrants.

No mention either of the millions of homeless, hungry, deprived and forgotten. Ignored was decades of public wealth transferred to people already with too much, mass poverty and deprivation, targeting the middle class for destruction, America now corporate-occupied territory, planned neoserfdom for working people, the American dream disappearing like smoke, and democratic freedoms more illusion than reality.

Ignored was the real America on a fast track toward tyranny and ruin, its people trashed like yesterday's garbage. Working men and women experience it daily, more than ever after the maliciously manufactured hard times, ushering in an era of want and need while those with super-wealth get richer under a system benefitting them, no others. The real America must be exposed, denounced and replaced before conditions are so bad it's too late.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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