China hits back at US over human rights violations

Lester Mason
March 17, 2019

The United States on Wednesday voiced disappointment at the failure of Muslim nations to jointly take a stand against China's treatment of its Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province.

"Rounding up, in some the millions of people, putting them into camps, and torturing them, abusing them, and trying to basically erase their culture and their religion and so on from their DNA", Kozak said. "It's just remarkably bad".

The 2018 global human rights report compiled by the State Department paints a dark picture of "appalling violations of human life, liberty, and dignity" that happen every day in many parts of the world.

"We are always looking at all of the mechanisms and the tools that we have available to us to identify those who are responsible for serious and gross human rights abuses and to ensure that they don't benefit from opportunities to travel to the United States and that we don't give them access to the USA financial system", she told reporters, declining to be specific.

If one takes a glimpse into the human rights situation of the United States in 2018, it will not be hard to find that the United States government, a self-styled "human rights defender", has a human rights record which is flawed and lackluster, and the double standards of human rights it pursues are obvious.

While Kozak did not elaborate on his comment about the 1930s, he was apparently referring to the policies of persecution of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union.

"But at least we're starting to make them realize there is a lot of worldwide scrutiny on this", he said.

Zakir was the first Chinese government official to suggest that the centres - which Beijing denies are the concentration camps described by foreign media - were a temporary arrangement.

Beijing and Washington have been embroiled in a trade dispute since last June, when US President Donald Trump announced the United States would subject $50 billion worth of Chinese goods to a 25 percent tariff in an effort to fix the US-Chinese trade deficit.

Beijing has warned of retaliation if Washington were to target Chen and the administration has yet to act despite complaints from United States lawmakers.

The State Department report said Chen had replicated in Xinjiang policies similar to those credited with reducing opposition to Communist Party rule in Tibet, where he was previously stationed.

The report also strongly criticized Iran, North Korea and Venezuela, all of which are adversaries of the U.S. China, as it did here, has typically responded to the yearly American report by pointing to human rights violations in the U.S.

Beijing now holds over 1 million Uighurs and other Muslim minority citizens in detention camps in the country's Western Xinjiang Autonomous Region.

The U.S. report also changed its usual description of the Golan Heights from "Israeli-occupied" to "Israeli-controlled".

On Iran, Pompeo said that the country is continuing "the pattern of cruelty that the regime has inflicted on the Iranian people for the last four decades".

It said authorities there were reported to have arbitrarily detained 800,000 to possibly more than 2 million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims in internment camps created to erase religious and ethnic identities.

Tehran was also cited for contributing to rights abuses in Syria through its support for President Bashar al-Assad, and, in Yemen, for backing the Huthi rebels battling for control of the country.

It cites Pyongyang for "unlawful or arbitrary killings by the government" along with "forced disappearances" and "torture by authorities". Mike Pompeo says Huawei Has Deep Connections to Chinese Government, Poses a Threat to the World.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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