I’ve often thought about this as well. The US State Dept. issued its 2008 annual Human Rights Report which can be found here in all of its glory:
To counter this report, China has issued a report called, “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007”.
13/03/08 — — BEIJING (AFP) – China on Thursday accused the United States of human rights hypocrisy, as it branded the US invasion of Iraq the “greatest humanitarian disaster” of the modern world.In an annual response to Washington’s criticism of China’s human rights record, the Chinese government labelled the United States arrogant, and highlighted what it said were widespread US failures at home and abroad.“(America’s) arrogant critique on the human rights of other countries are always accompanied by a deliberate ignoring of serious human rights problems on its own territory,” said the report, released by the state Xinhua news agency.
“This was not only inconsistent with universally recognised norms of international relations, but also exposed the double standards and downright hypocrisy of the United States on the human rights issue, and inevitably impaired its international image.”
The US-led war in Iraq that began in 2003 was one of the many issues of concern highlighted by China in the report, entitled “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007.”
“The United States has a notorious record of trampling on the sovereignty of and violating human rights in other countries,” it said.
“The invasion of Iraq by American troops has produced the biggest human rights tragedy and the greatest humanitarian disaster in modern world.”
It also criticised civilian deaths in Afghanistan, secret prisons and torture of detainees.
“‘Secret prison’ and ‘torturing prisoners’ have become synonymous with America,” the report said.
The report added that US citizens’ right to join unions had been restricted, prisoners’ rights had been violated, and authorities attempted to manipulate the media.
The report launched attacks on the United States’ inability to tackle poverty, fight crime and even the exorbitant cost of running for president.
China said it had released the report to give the world a clearer insight into US failings and address the imbalance of the State Department’s annual report on human rights, released Tuesday.
As you know, back in 2001 the USA was voted off of the UN Human Rights Commission.
The Commission was disbanded in 2006 and the new, UN Human Rights Council was created with the US and it’s usual cadre of tiny Island nations being the only nay votes (Marshall Islands and Palau) and of course, Israel.The main beef of the USA with the new Council is this:
“The U.S. State Department said on 5 March 2007 that, for the second year in a row, the United States has decided not to seek a seat on the Human Rights Council, asserting the body had lost its credibility with repeated attacks on Israel and a failure to confront other rights abusers.”
I am quite pleased personally with the 15 condemnations of Israel coming out of the UNHRC, but I do agree that they should be looking more at other nations with their rights abuses in the world too, including the elephant sitting in the living room, the rights abuses of the USA.