Thursday, March 03, 2005

do as I say not as I do?

China Says U.S. Has Double Standard on Rights: China accused the United States on Thursday of using double standards to judge human rights in other countries, adding to a growing list of nations suggesting the government that produced the Abu Ghraib prison abuses has no business commenting on what happens elsewhere.

The sharp Chinese retort, which contained a long list of what it labeled U.S. human rights abuses at home and abroad, came directly from Wen's cabinet, giving it more weight than a Foreign Ministry comment or an editorial. In addition, it used unusually frontal language, charging for example that the United States "frequently commits wanton slaughters during external invasions and military attacks."

The sentiment it expressed -- the Bush administration has compromised on human rights and has no standing to criticize others -- reflected similar views in a number of other foreign capitals where governments were chastised for violating human rights standards."