US: Human rights deteriorating in China

2012-05-24 22:28

Washington - The US State Department says human rights conditions have deteriorated in China and that Vietnam also continues to severely restrict political rights and freedom of expression.

The judgments were made in the department's annual assessment of human rights around the world released on Thursday.

The department hailed "remarkable" improvements in Myanmar, with the releases of hundreds of political prisoners and the participation of its most famous former detainee, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in elections.

The report criticised Sri Lanka for disappearances and killings by pro-government paramilitary groups despite the end of the island nation's civil war in 2009.

The department said conditions remain extremely poor in North Korea, where an estimated 130 000 to 200 000 people are detained in political penal labour camps.

  • Fidel - 2012-05-24 22:42

    The thing that I find shocking is that there are still people left on the planet who still believe that the US have any commitment to "human rights, in the first place. They are ignoring decades of evidence to the contrary. "The pretence of defending democracy and human rights is negated by history." Reverend Frank Chikane (Former DG in the Presidency)

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-25 01:00

      The only shocking things is that you don't. But it is consistent with your obtuse and wrong world view. You support and praise the Chinese regime. Hahahahaha! That's how ridiculous your perspective is. You continue to be a bellwether for wrong thinking, Fidel. There's a positive function in this, I'll grant you that. But it's not a function I'd want to be performing, especially when I'm not realizing this is what I'm doing.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-05-25 03:27

      aah .. the good old Appeal to Hypocrisy .

      Fidel - 2012-05-25 09:00

      @John The “Red Man” said it best, “white man speak with forked tongue”. Speaking with forked tongue is evidence of delusional (diseased) mental processes; left untreated, the patient’s condition degenerates into full blown madness and ultimately death.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-05-25 18:33

      doubling down with the Thought Terminating cliche. Let me take a shot at this .. " Speaking with racist tongue is evidence of delusional (diseased) mental processes; left untreated, the patient’s condition degenerates into full blown madness and ultimately death."

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-25 19:53

      Another racist belief that you hold, Fidel.

      Fidel - 2012-05-26 09:39

      It's a historical fact Fred!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-26 16:00

      All white men speak with forked tongues? Only white men speak with forked tongues?

  • Fidel - 2012-05-24 23:50

    Where are you allies, the decadent Gulf Monarchies?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-25 01:02

      Were there any other forms of government in the Gulf, ever, until now, belatedly?

      Fidel - 2012-05-25 08:44

      We are talking about "human rights" abuses, surely this applies to those countries as well. Money, power and usefulness trump humanity every time!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-25 19:57

      You're not. This is about China. Have you said ANYTHING about this? No. The Chinese regime are your heroes, as is Putin's Russia. There were no eleven-month-long unarmed demonstrations by Syrians wanting the right to vote, and Tunisians, Egyptians and Libyans have not freed themselves from centuries of oppression at the hands of their own unelected leaders.

  • Jerzy - 2012-05-25 05:08

    Fred, you are delusional. What democracies in the Gulf??????????

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-25 05:40

      I agree. That's my point.

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