Nice try China

11 Apr
Ai Weiwei during documenta 12 (2007)

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Reuters published an article titled, “China tells U.S. to quit as human rights judge.” While that pretty much sums up the entire article, it’s worth seeing what was said and why.

Let’s start with the fact that in recent weeks China has been violating the rights of lawyers, activists, bloggers and journalists, plus tightened controls on civil society. Not good. In a scene practically pulled from V for Vendetta, Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei was being held in “secretive” custody after a recent crackdown. I think everyone could agree, these are definitely violations of human rights, but apparently China doesn’t think we have any room to talk.

China’s Foreign Ministry released an annual report on U.S. human rights, probably as a rebuttal to a recent U.S. report on China human rights. Here’s some highlights.

Stop the domineering behavior of exploiting human rights to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.

The United States ignores its own severe human rights problems, ardently promoting its so-called ‘human rights diplomacy’, treating human rights as a political tool to vilify other countries and to advance its own strategic interests.

The United States is the world’s worst country for violent crimes. Citizens’ lives, property and personal safety do not receive the protection they should.

Racial discrimination is deeply rooted in the United States, permeating every aspect of social life.

Okay, so they may have a point, this country has a lot of violent crime and an extreme level of racism at times. Yeah, we probably need to work on that, but guess what? Just because we aren’t a shining example of humans rights doesn’t make it right and doesn’t make it okay for you to commit similar acts. When your own rights lawyers and advocates are complaining about human rights violations its a pretty good indicator that you’ve got problems.

Maybe what we need to say is, “Look, none of us are perfect but we should all be striving to achieve perfection in the human rights department.” It’s kind of childish when you think about it, “Well! If you can violate human rights so should we, and you can’t point out our hypocrisy because we think we have the morally high ground.”

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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in General


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