|Adelyn Torralba |||Jun 28, 2015 11:56 AM EDT|
(Photo : Reuters) In a report issued by the United States about human rights scorecards, China did not escape the criticism that came with the report, an incident that pushed the Asian country to also issue their own observation on the United States' human rights laws.
In a report issued by the United States about human rights scorecards, China did not escape the criticism that came with the report, an incident that pushed the Asian country to also issue their own observation on the United States' human rights laws.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Beijing was quick to issue a statement saying that there are number of facts in 2014 showing that the self-proclaimed defender of human rights - the U.S. - had no improvements when it comes to their issues on human rights. He added that the U.S. government violated other countries human rights, that the country's existing human rights law had reported numerous issues and that their "situation was increasingly grave."
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The report is not new as China usually issues their own scorecard on human rights, just days after the United States issues their own. The United States were also cited as human rights violator through gun crimes and electronic surveillance in other countries. Racial discrimination is also rampant as well as their military drones that serves as spies.
The United States, on the other hand, has also expressed their increasing concern over China's low tolerance on activists, to which, China defended their actions implying that individual human rights may be sacrificed if it is for the sake of economic growth and for the betterment of its social stability.
The Chinese government also expressed their concern over massive killing of black citizens in the United States, some caused by racial concerns. Although there has been no immediate response from the side of the United States, John Kerry, however, commented on some of the issues, saying, "We couldn't help but have humility when we have seen what we have seen in the last year in terms or racial discord and unrest. So we approach this with great self awareness. But we also understand that when human rights is the issue, every country, including the United States has room to improve."
In his press briefing on June 25, Kerry made the assurance that despite the reports causing uneasiness on some of the countries pointed out, he also said that the report on human rights is mainly use to reinforce and improve.
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