Report criticizes US human rights violations in other countries
Updated: 2015-06-26 10:49
BEIJING -- A report on the US human rights situation has accused the US of making human rights violations in other countries, citing the stomach-turning torture methods, the notorious overseas monitoring project and its indiscriminate drone strike killings.
"To acquire intelligence from suspects of terrorism and extremism, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used brutal methods, such as sleep deprivation, waterboarding, long-term solitary confinement, slamming prisoners' head against the wall, lashing, death threat and even the appalling 'rectal rehydration', " says the report, titled "Human Rights Record of the United States in 2014," released on Friday by China's State Council Information Office.
The US in April 2014 executed Ramiro Hernandez Llanas, a Mexican citizen without granting him access to consular assistance, says the report, adding such act has violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
More surveillance programs of the US authorities have been revealed since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the PRISM data mining program of the National Security Agency (NSA) in June 2013, says the report.
It lists the interception of phone conversations of 35 world leaders, the stealing of encrypted information of government organs in other countries and the collection program of mobile phone messages across the globe.
The US drone attacks indiscriminately target militants and innocent civilians, says the report, quoting figures which showed that US drones claimed the lives of 1,147 people in attacks against 41 persons as of November 24, 2014.
The US troops overseas also frequently violated human rights. According to the report, two American soldiers based in Italy were accused of raping and beating a six months pregnant Romanian woman while another American marine garrisoning in the Philippines was accused of murdering a transgender.
The report criticizes the US of "take its own way on international human rights law," in that the US still denies that the right of development is a human right and has long refused to approve some core human rights conventions of the United Nations and voted against some important UN human rights resolutions.