China’s Report on Human Rights in the United States

Food for Thought

China has just published a report on the observance of human rights in the United States.

While charges by one country that another is violating the human rights of its citizens in no way excuse human rights violations of the state making the charges, it is useful to take seriously charges that are set forth in a legal framework and supported by factual allegations.

China has issued its report on the United States. Although its publication coincides with a rebuttal of the U.S. State Department’s annual report on human rights in China, it is worth reading seriously, and provides important food for thought.

For the United States, like every country in the world, needs to continually consider how it might improve its observance of human rights, and take vigorous action to do so.

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It is also interesting to note that, according to official news reports from China, the Chinese judiciary has placed a high priority on the protection of human rights, which are protected in the Constitution. Here, one needs to recognize that there are different forces operating within China, and that judges and lawyers tend to be among those who most favor improvement in the observance of human rights in the country.

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