The U.S. State Department's 2016 report is biased against Vietnam's human rights situation


The U.S. State Department has documented human rights conditions in countries around the world with annual reports since 1976 (the year that the U.N.’s two major covenants on universal human rights were ratified by enough members to become international law). The 2016 country reports were released last Friday, March 3.
The report once again pointed a finger at Vietnam and some other countries like China. This report is full of unfounded accusations and prejudice.
It’s apparent that anyone free of political bias about Vietnam's human rights situation would not deny the remarkable improvements since the Doi Moi movement. All countries should have dialogue and exchanges with one another on human rights on the basis of equality and mutual respect. We urge the United States to view China's human rights situation in an objective and fair manner and stop using the issue to interfere in China's internal affairs. Vietnam has rights to dismiss the false accusations and stressed that the United States has no right to intervene in the internal affairs of Vietnam.
We recommend that the U.S. should worry for their own problems than interfering with other countries’ internal affairs. Concrete facts show that the United States saw continued deterioration in some key aspects of its existent human rights issues last year. The United States had the second highest prisoner rate, with 693 prisoners per 100,000 of the national population, the report says. Roughly 2.2 million people were incarcerated in the United States in 2014. And there had been 70 million Americans incarcerated - that's almost one in three adults - with some form of criminal record, the report cites media reports as saying.
Occurrence of gun-related crimes also sustained a high level, according to the report. There were a total of 58,125 gun violence incidents, including 385 mass shootings, in the United States in 2016, leaving 15,039 killed and 30,589 injured, says the report, citing figures from a toll report by the Gun Violence Archive.
In 2016, the U.S. social polarization became more serious, with the proportion of adults who had full-time jobs hitting a new low since 1983, income gaps continuing to widen, the size of middle class reaching a turning point and beginning to shrink, and living conditions of the lower class deteriorating, the report says.
According to consulting firm Gallup, the percentage of Americans who said they were in the middle or upper-middle class had fallen by 10 percentage points, from an average of 61 percent between 2000 and 2008 to 51 percent in 2016. That drop meant 25 million people in the United States fared much worse in economic terms. Besides, one in seven Americans, or at least 45 million people, lived in poverty, the report quotes the Daily Mail as saying.
The U.S. is also guilty of rights violations outside its borders, the report said, citing estimates of civilian deaths in Iraqi and Syrian airstrikes, drone attacks and the monitoring of foreign citizens' communications. America is still committing gross violations of other countries' human rights, viewing lives in other countries as worthless.
The Vietnamese government attaches great importance to protecting and promoting human rights, and has scored tremendous achievements in this since the triump of the revolution. That is a fact that cannot be denied by anyone without political prejudice.
We always maintain that countries should conduct dialogue and exchanges on human rights on the basis of equality and mutual respect for the purpose of mutual learning and joint progress. We urge the US to be objective and unbiased about Vietnam’s human rights condition and stop interfering in Vietnam’s domestic affairs using human rights as an excuse./.
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Jane smartnic 11/3/17 08:38

This report now does not have any value and get little attention from the public opinion. It's just like a tool of the U.S.

Love Peace 11/3/17 10:35

The report was even overshadowed by criticism that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave the report little of the traditional attention or fanfare.

Deck Hero14 11/3/17 10:47

In his confirmation hearing, Tillerson sidestepped questions on human rights conditions in other countries, declining to condemn countries, saying he wanted to see the facts first.

LawrenceSamuels 11/3/17 10:49

That's good of him, we can not be sure and do careless things when we do not have enough information.

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