China denounces US criticism of human rights
Updated: 2005-12-12 06:26
China strongly opposes to the assault of the US
government on the pretext of human rights issue, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin
Gang said Sunday.
Qin made the
remarks in response to the US State Department spokesman's statement on
Saturday's International Human Rights Day, in which the US side criticized
China's human rights situation.
Qin Gang invites questions at a press conferce
in Beijing. [newsphoto/file]
Qin said China has scored remarkable achievements in the field of human
rights protection. The Chinese people fully enjoy human rights and freedom
according to law.
"The Chinese government and people expressed their strong opposition and
firmly opposed to the US government's practice in the name of the so-called
human rights issue that wantonly assaulted China," said the spokesman.
The United States itself has severe problems of violating human rights, and
it is being strictly criticized by the international society as it refused the
investigation of a special rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Commission, said
"However, the US government still intentionally depicted itself as a human
rights guard, often criticizing other countries' human rights 'problems' with
the attempt to shift others' attention," Qin said.
"While these political tricks have already been penetrated by the public and
what the US side has done is just the opposite to what it wishes," he added.
"As the year is drawing to an end, we suggest the US side should take a clear
consideration of the situation and make self-reflection on its own human rights
problems, "said the spokesman.
The US government is well advised to give up its double standard on human
rights and readjust the mistaken practices of interfere in the internal affairs
of other countries on the pretext of human rights issue, Qin said.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour implicitly criticized the
United States on Wednesday for violating the global ban on torture, saying the
absolute ban on torture is becoming a casualty of the so-called "war on terror"
through loosened legal definition, secret detention, hand-over of prisoners
without adequate safeguards and other practices.