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TV documentary exposes US double standards on human rights

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-03-14 00:13

BEIJING -- The state-run China Central Television on Sunday aired a documentary that reveals the United States' double standards on human rights-related issues, whereby the US pokes its nose into other countries' internal affairs while leaving many of its own problems unsolved.

Based on extensive media reports both inside and outside the US, and interviews of many human rights experts from China, the US, France, Canada, Russia and Switzerland, the 45-minute TV program revealed the US trampling on American people's human rights in all walks of life.

In 2015, more than 560,000 people across the United States were homeless, 25 percent of whom were under age; the country's primary women's prison Lowell Correctional Institution, where 2,696 convicts are held, is rampant with corruption, torture of prisoners, and sexual abuse; women are subject to sexual harassment and sexual assaults of different forms, and career women subject to discrimination at work, the documentary showed, citing media reports.

Of teenagers aged 15 and above who succumb to injuries in the States, one quarter die in shooting incidents; the Federal Bureau of Investigation forces Internet companies to provide clients' information without a court approval, according to the documentary.

The United States has been using double standards on practically every human rights-related issue, which is showcased both by its invasion of citizens' privacy through online surveillance and civilian deaths caused by its drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries, it showed.

For a very long time, the United States has been quite condescending, with the belief that it has the best system and human rights record, and as a result, it tends to find fault with other countries, Ji Hong, researcher with the Institute of American Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said in the program.

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