China's Documentation of US Human
by Stephen Lendman
On March 11, the US State Department issued
its "2009 Human Rights Report: China (includes 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,"
-- "cultural and religious repression;"
-- harassment of human rights activists;
-- harassment and disbarment of lawyers
who defend them;
-- control of free expression, the Internet,
and access to it;
-- extrajudicial killings;
-- torture and coerced confessions of
-- use of forced labor, including 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
-- "tight restriction (on) freedom
to assemble, practice religion, and travel;"
-- failure "to protect refugees and
-- forced repatriations of North Koreans;
-- pressure on other countries to repatriate
-- monitoring and restricting local and
-- "endemic corruption;
-- trafficking in persons;
-- discrimination against women, minorities,
and persons with disabilities;
-- forced abortion(s and) sterilization(s);"
-- no choice of independent union representation
or legal right to strike;
-- "arbitrary or unlawful deprivation
-- harsh and degrading treatment in prisons;
-- arbitrary arrests and detentions;
-- "arbitrary interference with privacy,
family, home, or correspondence;" and more.
While China is no model human rights champion,
America is guilty of far worse crimes as well as all of the above
abuses, yet rarely do major media reports reveal them.
On March 13, two days after the State
Department's report, China's Information Office of the State Council
published its own comprehensive report, titled: "The Human
Rights Record of the United States in 2009," correctly saying
"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 official American mythology,
its Information Office of the State Council presented an accurate
account of what US propaganda suppresses, revealing some of what's
known but publicly concealed 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
-- the operator of the world's largest
-- systematic targeted killings;
-- permanent wars for unchallengeable
-- targeting peaceful nations;
-- committing ruthless state terror;
-- endangering world stability and peace;
-- illegally transferring public wealth
to elitist private hands;
-- stealing elections;
-- governing as a one-party state with
two wings, each as criminally ruthless and corrupted as the other,
-- as a result, is hated and feared globally
and to a growing degree at home.
In its report, the State Department presented
detailed charges (true or false), mostly without source substantiation.
China, however, covering six major topics,
used 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 bogus official reports.
(1) Life, Property and Personal Security
Criminality in America is rampant, high
crime rates threatening "lives, properties and personal security,"
-- 4.9 million violent crimes;
-- 16.3 million property ones;
-- an epidemic of gun violence;
-- 30,000 gun-related deaths;
-- 14 million arrests (except traffic
-- 15,000 murders (mostly against the
-- thousands of violent school incidents;
(2) Civil and Political Rights
"In the United States, civil and
political rights of citizens are severely restricted and violated
by the government."
Citing Amnesty International (AI), the
Chicago Defender, a New York Police Department report, the Oregonian,
the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and other sources, China
reported nationwide instances of police violence, including lawless
killings, beatings, Taser gun abuse, and more, including against
children - concluding that "Abuse of power is common among
US law enforcers."
In his 1990 book "Protectors of Privilege,"
Frank Donner called Chicago (this writer's home) "The National
Capital of Police Repression," mostly against poor blacks
and Latinos. He documented:
"wide-open, no-holds-barred style
surveillance. Chicago-style official vigilantism guerrilla warfare
against substantial sectors of the city's population," calling
it "flamboyantly illegal institutionalized aggression."
Unfortunately, what Chicago experiences, happens nationwide, in
large and small cities and rural communities, making America repressively
harsh against its least advantaged, most vulnerable people.
It shows up in poor neighborhoods and
a shameful gulag, China citing Department of Justice (DOJ) and
other data revealing some of the following statistics and more
of its own, including as many as 2.4 million imprisoned Americans
at yearend 2008 (by far, the world's largest prison population
plus thousands of others abroad). They include inmates in federal
and state facilities, local jails, Indian, juvenile, and military
ones, US territories, and numbers held by Immigration and Customs
In addition, another 7.3 million are under
correctional supervision, and 13 million pass through US jails
annually. Half of them are for non-violent offenses. Half of those
are drug-related. In 1980, 40,000 drug offenders were in prison.
Today, it's over 500,000, the result of the "war on drugs,"
that's part of the war on civil liberties and human rights.
China says "the basic rights of (US)
prisoners" aren't protected, evidenced by rampant sexual
abuse and thousands of rapes annually in federal confinement.
"Chaotic management of (US) prisons also (causes) widespread
diseases among inmates," including thousands of confirmed
Other civil rights abuses include lawless
surveillance, police state laws like the Patriot Act, subordinating
free expression to the national interest, clashing with peaceful
street demonstrators, and numerous other examples of growing despotism.
(3) Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
America is plagued by growing poverty,
unemployment, homelessness, and hunger. Its peoples' "economic,
social and cultural rights cannot be guaranteed." Business
and personal bankruptcies, bank failures, home foreclosures, and
human depravation are the highest in decades.
In addition, worker rights "were
seriously violated," according to a New York Times 2009 study
showing 68% of those surveyed getting wage cuts, another 76% working
overtime cheated out of pay, and 57% denied documents to assure
legal, accurate compensation. Tens of millions lack medical insurance
or are underinsured, legislation passed to correct this, in fact,
a bogus deception that will make America's dysfunctional health
care system worse for a greater number of people.
(4) Racial Discrimination Against Blacks,
Latinos, Muslims, Immigrants of Color, and Native Americans
It rages out of control in areas of income,
housing, employment, education, judicial fairness, incarceration,
life imprisonment, the death penalty, drug-related arrests, and
more. In addition, "Ethnic hatred crimes are frequent."
(5) Rights of Women and Children
"The living conditions of women and
children in the United States are deteriorating and their rights
are not properly guaranteed. Women do not enjoy equal social and
political status as men." It shows up in employment opportunities,
income levels, politics, the military, academia, violence including
sexual abuse, and perceptions of women as sex objects, homemakers,
and child bearers.
"American children suffer from hunger
and cold," a US Department of Agriculture 2008 report showing
one-fourth of them nationally were poorly fed. Many face hunger
and malnutrition, live in impoverished households, lack proper
medical care, experience violence and/or sexual abuse, and many
become homeless every year. Most are blacks and Indians.
Many others are unprotected farm workers,
forced into near bondage, living in impoverished misery along
with their parents in states like Florida, California, Texas,
North Carolina and Washington.
America "is the only country in the
world" without a parole system for minors, and one of only
two nations imposing life without parole (LWOP) sentences. The
other is Israel. Many charged with minor crimes get no legal assistance.
In prisons, officials turn a blind eye to their abusive treatment.
(6) Human Rights Violations Against Other
"The United States with its strong
military power has pursued hegemony in the world, trampling upon
the sovereignty of other countries and trespassing their human
As the world's largest arms dealer, it
fuels global instability. Its military spending tops all other
nations combined. Its Iraq and Afghan wars have greatly burdened
the American people "and brought tremendous casualties and
property losses to" conflict states.
"Prisoner abuse is one of (America's)
biggest human rights scandals," well documented in 2009,
including by the UN's Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur
on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental
freedoms. Clear evidence was presented regarding illegal long-term
secret detentions, special deportations, torture, other forms
of abuse and degrading treatment, and overall lawlessness suppressed
in mainstream US media reports.
China's is accurate and revealing. It
could have included more, but presents a disturbing account of
the real America, not the fictional one portrayed daily on TV
screens, films, major publication accounts, what's taught in schools
or preached in houses of worship - a sanitized version of what
growing millions experience daily and what Blacks, the poor, Muslims,
Latino immigrants, and Native Americans have known all their lives
as well as America's global victims.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.