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China castigates US ‘abuses’


The US has a record of prisoner abuse, discrimination against women, racial-hate crimes and violations of civil liberties in countries such as Iraq, China said in a human rights report.

The criticism came the same week a US human rights assessment said China’s record had worsened, reflecting the Chinese government’s stance that the US shouldn’t point fingers.

“The US has turned a blind eye to its own violations of human rights,” said the report, issued by China’s Cabinet late on Thursday. “The US practice of throwing stones at others while living in a glass house is a testimony to the double standards and hypocrisy of the US in dealing with human rights issues, and has undermined its international image.”

In its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, the US highlighted China’s increased harassment of dissidents, repression of ethnic minorities such as Tibetans, and killings and torture outside the legal system.

China’s response cites abuse and torture of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay prison and the deaths of more than 1 million civilians in Iraq during the US-led war and occupation.

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