By Human Rights Report
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010
Editor’s Note: Every year, the U.S. Department of State designs a report on human rights record of other countries, presenting favorable conditions among those who cooperate with U.S. foreign policies and damning those countries who are “uncooperative”. In the meantime, the U.S. government and it’s compliant corporate media present the U.S. as a model of democracy where civil and human rights are honored. Their annual reports consistently portray China as having one of the worst human rights records on the planet. In response, China has issued its first annual report on the human rights record of the United States. The full text follows.
– Les Blough, Editor
I. On Life, Property and Personal Security
Widespread violent crimes in the United States posed threats to the lives, properties and personal security of its people.
In 2008, U.S. residents experienced 4.9 million violent crimes, 16.3 million property crimes and 137,000 personal thefts, and the violent crime rate was 19.3 victimizations per 1,000 persons aged 12 or over, according to a report published by the U.S. Department of Justice in September 2009 (Criminal Victimization 2008, U.S. Department of Justice). In 2008, over 14 million arrests occurred for all offenses (except traffic violations) in the country, and the arrest rate for violent crime was 198.2 per 100,000 inhabitants (Crime in the United States, 2008). In 2009, a total of 35 domestic homicides occurred in Philadelphia, a 67 percent increase from 2008 (The New York Times, December 30, 2009). In New York City, 461 murders were reported in 2009, and the crime rate was 1,151 cases per 100,000 people. San Antonio in Texas was deemed as the most dangerous among 25 U.S. large cities with 2,538 crimes recorded per 100,000 people (The China Press, December 30, 2009). The murder rate rose 5.5 percent in towns with a population of 10,000 or fewer in 2008, June 1, 2009). Most of the United States’ 15,000 annual murders occur in cities where they are concentrated in poorer neighborhoods (October 7, 2009).