US Human Rights Issues “Systematic Long-Term Problem” (Chinese FM)

Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Photo: cnsphoto

Following the shooting death of an African-American man by police in the United States during law enforcement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has expressed deep concern over the deteriorating human rights situation. rights in the United States, noting that human rights issues in the country are long-term. and systemic in nature.

On April 4, Congolese-American Patrick Lyoya, 26, was shot dead by police during a traffic stop, nearly two years after the tragic death of George Floyd. Footage of the incident shows the Lyoya being forced to lie face down, while a white policeman straddled him and then shot him in the back of the neck.

Asked to comment on the incident at a routine press conference on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin expressed deep concern, noting that there are many facts showing that racial discrimination, crimes committed with firearms and violent law enforcement are not isolated cases in the United States, but are long. -term, systemic problems.

“More than a year after Floyd’s ‘I can’t breathe’ moan, hundreds of other ethnic minorities have died under threat from US law enforcement,” Wang said.

Wang cited data showing that African Americans are not the only oppressed minority group in the United States – In total, 93.7% of Muslim Americans live under the shadow of “Islamophobia”, 81% of adults Asian Americans believe violence against Asian groups is increasing, and Latinos, who make up 19% of the US population, own just 2% of the country’s wealth. Only 22% of Americans think the police treat all Americans the same.

The US justice system is structured to favor the rich and punish only the poor, especially minorities, the Foreign Office spokesman said, quoting Fernand de Varennes, special rapporteur for the United Nations Human Rights Council. on Minorities.

The United States is the worst country in the world for gun violence and the only developed country to have had mass shootings every year for the past 20 years, Wang said.

In 2020, 45,222 people in the United States died in gun-related incidents, an increase of 43% from 2010. According to a 2018 survey, 75% of American teenagers cite violent shootings as a source major stress for them. According to an April 2021 survey by the Pew Research Center, 48% of Americans think gun violence is a major problem that needs to be addressed. Yet for the past 25 years, the US federal government has not introduced gun control legislation.

The United States is becoming a country where human rights are systematically violated, Wang said.

“The United States is not qualified to point fingers at other countries on human rights issues,” Wang said. “What he should do is face up to the serious human rights issues prevalent in the country and think seriously about how to address the root causes of the deteriorating human rights situation. ‘male.”

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