It said that over the past year in China, security forces reportedly committed arbitrary or unlawful killings.
In one case cited in the report, an 11-year-old ethnic Uighur boy named Mirzahid died after being taken into police custody for attending an unregistered Islamic school. It was later alleged that police officers had tortured him to death.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the report, which analyzes the state of human rights in 199 countries, would be sent to US Congress for consideration.
“These reports send a very clear message that all governments have a responsibility to protect universal human rights and help to blaze a path forward for places where those rights are either threatened or denied,” Kerry said.
He said that standing up for values and speaking out for people who did not have any chance to speak for themselves was “one of the things we can be proudest of that we do here in the State Department.”