From Chinese Press

US should stop acting like 'preacher' of human rights

By Wen Xian (
Updated: 2011-04-13 11:00
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On April 8, the U.S. Department of State released the "2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" in Washington, D.C.

However, what we see in the report is not an "honest compendium of global human rights issues," as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described it, but rather the hackneyed Cold War mentality and two faces of might as well as hypocrisy.

The report, a product of the Cold War, is a tool that the United States has used to assert its right to interfere with other countries' internal affairs in the name of human rights from the very beginning.

The U.S. Department of State has handed over the annual report to U.S. Congress since the middle of 1970s, and it originally targeted countries who accepted aid from America. Congress would decide whether continue to deliver assistance to those countries according to their human rights situation as determined by the report. Later, the report expanded its scope to include all the member countries of the United Nations.

Although today's world is no longer stuck in an old period when nearly everything was decided by only one country, the "35th Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" has not advanced with the times.

From the release of the report, we can see that the United States still regards itself as the only country allowed to govern all others, and it obviously indicates the might and overbearing nature of the United States on human rights. The reports evaluate the human rights situation in more than 190 countries but only excludes its own the United States, which places it in the position of a "preacher of human rights" for the whole world.

Then, what about the situation of human rights in United States?

Actually, the American government even admitted that the situation of human rights within the county is "not perfect."

There are 50.5 million Latin-Americans living in the United States according to its 2010 Census results. However, many of those who are in this rapidly-growing group of people are illegal immigrant and are called "undocumented workers." Most of them can only earn their living through physical labor. Why is the United States not launching a human rights program targeting this group of people?

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