Monday, June 4, 2012

China reports US human rights violations of Native Americans, migrants and Occupy Movement

China reports US human rights violations of Native Americans, migrants and Occupy Movement

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/06/china-reports-us-human-rights.html

In its report on human rights in the United States, China says the US is overly critical of human rights violations in nearly 200 countries of the world, while turning a “blind eye” and keeping silent about its own human rights violations.

The human rights crisis in the US includes the violation of Native American rights, brutalizing of the Occupy Movement and racial discrimination toward migrants. The US violations include discrimination toward women and ethnic Americans, and the high number of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“In the United States, the violation of citizens' civil and political rights is severe. It is lying to itself when the United States calls itself the land of the free,” China said describing the Occupy Movement.

The State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China released the report on May 25, "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2011."

China describes the high unemployment, lack of health care, child poverty, homelessness, Internet spying on citizens, and failure to protect freedom of the press in the US. The high rates of violence, hate crimes, solitary confinement in prisons, and the imprisonment of civil rights activists are documented.
US denies Native Americans rights
“Native Americans are denied their due rights,” China said, pointing out that American Indians were forced to speak English in schools during forced assimilation, and today Native languages are at risk of disappearing.

Human rights violations of Native Americans include religious freedom, unjust incarcerations and racial discrimination in employment.

China describes how UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya lodged two accusations against the United States, including the use of recycled wastewater for commercial ski operations on the San Francisco Peaks, pointing out that it is “a site considered sacred by several Native American tribes.”

The second was the case of Leonard Peltier. “Peltier was sentenced to life in prison in 1977 for alleged murder of two FBI agents. However Peltier has been claiming he is innocent and persecuted by the U.S. government for participating in the American Indian Movement.”

China points out that two UN Rapporteurs lodged complaints against the U.S, stating that the city of Vallejo, California, is planning to level and pave over the Sogorea Te, held sacred to indigenous people in northern California, in order to construct a parking lot and public restrooms.

Describing the racial discrimination and unemployment in the US, China pointed to South Dakota.

“In Ziebach County of South Dakota, a community mainly composed of native-Americans, more than 60 percent of the residents live at or below the poverty line, and unemployment rate hits 90 percent in the winter (The Daily Mail, February 15, 2011.)”

Occupy Movement: Bruised and Bloodied
China said the Occupy movement tested the political, economic and social systems in the US, and the occupiers were treated in a rude and violent way, with extensive arrests. China points out that 700 protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge alone. Citing arrests in other cities, and how occupiers were bloodied and brutalized by police, China included the shooting of Marine Scott Olsen at Occupy Oakland.

“At least 85 people were arrested when police used teargas and baton rounds to break up an Occupy Wall Street camp in Oakland, California on October 25. An Iraq war veteran had a fractured skull and brain swelling after being allegedly hit in the head by a police projectile.”

China said the reasons for the Occupy Movement included the unequal distribution of wealth and high unemployment in the US.

Further, China says the US has failed to protect press freedom. During the forcible evacuation of Zuccotti Park, pepper spray was used on reporters. About 200 journalists were arrested.

China also points out bias in the US media.

“On October 15, 2011, when the Occupy Wall Street movement evolved to be a global action, CNN and Fox News gave no live reports on it, in a sharp contrast to the square protest in Cairo, for which both CNN and Fox News broadcast live 24 hours.”

Racism toward migrants in the US
China also describes the racial discrimination in the US, inequality in hiring, bullying in schools, and the abuse of migrants.

Illegal immigrants suffer ferocious maltreatments. Internal reports from the Office of Detention Oversight of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revealed grave problems in many U.S. detention facilities for immigrants, including lack of medical care, the use of excessive force and "abusive treatment" of detainees (The Houston Chronicle, October 10, 2011). A report released on September 21, 2011, by an Arizona-based non-profit organization revealed that thousands of illegal immigrants detained across the border between Mexico and Arizona are generally maltreated by U.S. border police, being denied enough food, water, medical care and sleep, even beaten up and confined in extreme coldness or heat, suffering both psychological abuse and threats of death (The World Journal, September 24, 2011).

US spying, poverty, imprisonment and wars
In its description of spying on Internet users, China points out the US develops false identities to control conversations on social networks and tracks people using key words on Twitter.

China describes the wealth of US Congressmen and the failure of Congress. The abuse of power by law enforcement in the US, the shooting of people with toy guns and lengthy wrongful imprisonments are also listed.

“Abuse of power, brutal enforcement of law and overuse of force by U.S. police has resulted in harassment and hurt to a large number of innocent citizens and have caused loss of freedom of some people or even deaths.”

China also points out the high rate of imprisonment and prison isolation in the US. The UN Rapporteur on Torture was twice denied visits in 2011 with people in isolation. There are 20,000 to 25,000 people in prison isolation in the US.

“The U.S. remains the country with the largest ‘prison population’ and the highest per capita level of imprisonment in the world, and the detention centers' conditions are terrible.”

As for unemployment in the US, China points out that unemployment in the US in 2011 was the highest in 60 years. In the past three years, the rate of people who did not have enough money to buy food jumped from nine to 19 percent. There are 2.3 to 3.5 million homeless in America.

However, the wealthiest 400 Americans have 1.5 trillion U.S. dollars worth of assets.

Ethnic Americans are badly discriminated against when it comes to employment. It was reported that the unemployment rate of Hispanics rose to 11 percent in 2010 from 5.7 percent in 2007 (The New York Times, September 28, 2011). The unemployment rate of African Americans was 16.2 percent. For black males, it is at 17.5 percent; and for black youth, it is nearly 41 percent, 4.5 times the national average unemployment rate (CBS News, June 19, 2011). Nationally, black joblessness stands at 21 percent, rising to as high as 40 percent in major urban centers like Detroit (The Wall Street Journal, August 31, 2011).
China begins its report by saying that the US could protect its citizens from soaring rates of violent crimes, but doesn’t. The US is the leader in the developed world for gun violence and gun deaths, with high rates of personal gun ownership.

China says the trampling of human rights globally is shown in the high numbers of civilian deaths and the body counts of its wars:

The U.S.-led wars, albeit alleged to be "humanitarian intervention" efforts and for "the rise of a new democratic nation," created humanitarian disasters instead. For Iraqis, the death toll in the U.S.-initiated Iraq war stands at 655,000 (Tribune Business News, December 15, 2011). According to figures released by the Iraq Body Count, at least 103,536 civilians were killed in the Iraq war (Reuters, December 18, 2011). In 2011, there were an average of 6.5 deaths per day from suicide attacks and vehicle bombs (www.iraqbodycount.org). It is estimated that civilian casualties in the military campaign in Afghanistan could exceed 31,000 (Tribune Business News, October 17, 2011).
China concludes its report with these words:

The above-mentioned facts are but a small yet illustrative enough fraction of the United States' dismal record on its human rights situation. The United States' own tarnished human rights record has made it in no condition, on moral, political or legal basis, to act as the world's "human rights justice," to place itself above other countries and release the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices year after year to accuse and blame other countries. We hereby advise the U.S. government once again to look squarely at its own grave human rights problems, to stop the unpopular practices of taking human rights as a political instrument for interference in other countries' internal affairs, smearing other nations' images and seeking its own strategic interests, and to cease using double standards on human rights and pursuing hegemony under the pretext of human rights.

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Special thanks to AIM West for providing Censored News with a copy of China's human rights report

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5 comments:

Chief Loner Speaks: said...

This is a political war of words between China and the U.S., and then throwing us into their racist terror poison batch. How lame to refer to Us, indigenous aboriginals as "ethnic." (Find the real Latin definition.) Supposedly, China is over there calling Monks that burn themselves in protest, terrorist, and that, others supporting Tibetan resistance are nothing but the DiaLama's terrorist organization.

Just when are AIM-west and other native-urban-indigenous spokespeople going to remember the vanishing wisdom of our Elders and spiritual leaders? Maybe when they do, they will all stop ignoring and violating our Human rights at Big Mountain? Big Mtn. is not an intertribal dispute. Wake up, Hopis are never going to get their "Great WHITE Father" given rights to the Hostile Peabody Lands (HPL). Also we are allowing the U.S. multinationals to take over our waters while we have lost faith in our universal human and treaty rights.

Get out there on the Rez and help all the real Elders who are making a stand all by themselves. Get out of those urban capsules packed with grant monies in our names, and come back to the Rez and live the hardship but struggle with great strength and hope.

Kat, Dineh of Big Mtn.

Belle Starr said...

Check this out, Brenda. I need your email, not on FB anymore. ms


Veterinarian says water-hauling picture used by Kyl was deceptive

Gallup Independent Friday, May 18, 2012
By Kathy Helms

Diné Bureau
O AK SPRINGS, Ariz. — Dr. Adrienne Ruby’s father was a politician, so she admires a good politician. And a picture of what was believed to be a Navajo family hauling water with a horse-drawn wagon, used by U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., in his introduction of a Navajo-Hopi water rights settlement, “politician-wise, was an incredible move,” Ruby said Wednesday.

“You have to admire his ability to take a moment and do something with it,” she said. “But being the victim of it, I don’t appreciate it very much. It gives a very inaccurate picture of life out here.”

Speaking Tuesday to the Navajo Nation Council’s Resource and Development Committee, Hardrock Chapter President Percy Deal referred to the photo used in the Feb. 14 introduction of S. 2109. The bill sponsored by Sens. Kyl and John McCain, both R-Ariz, would settle the Navajo Nation’s and the Hopi Tribe’s claims to the Little Colorado River in exchange for three water-delivery projects. “Legally, the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe may assert claims to larger quantities of water, but, as seen here, they do not have the means to make use of those water supplies in a safe and productive manner,” Kyl said, referring to the picture.

Yvonne Swan said...

Grassroots indigenous activists whether living on a Rez, like I am, or in the cities, where I have, are doing all they can to stop this war against our people. I was there, and I am still here and I suggest that this November when all the hoopla about celebrating Veteran's Day in the U.S. is going on, we remember in our hearts and minds that the war against us is not over. One war, many battles, and who has time to count the front-line defense actions?

Dunn Eggink said...

TRIBAL GOVERNMENT IS CONTINUING THE DISPLACEMENT OF NATIVE FAMILIES FROM THEIR ANCESTRAL LANDS. According to Yurok Customary Law, traditional house sites, village sites and land use rights are inherited through families. This is well known among Yurok people, especially the Yurok Cultural Department, yet the authority of the Tribal Government is being used to deprive members by granting “Land Assignments” to people in areas where they do not have traditional inheritance, on ancestral lands of tribal families without the consent of the families.
This is a violation of the Yurok Constitution and the Oath of Office, which requires government officials to “uphold and defend…the Traditions of the Yurok Tribe”[Article VIII],and the Yurok Bill of Rights states that “the Tribe shall not take any action that would abridge any tribal religious or traditional practices.” [Yurok Constitution Article IX]. According to the Yurok Land Assignment Ordinance the Land Assignment Committee will make decisions taking into consideration “Whether an applicant has a family or ancestral connection to the parcel,” [YTC 10.06 (e)] and "When potential Assignments are in or near a historic Village site and/ or areas of culture concerns" [YTC 10.06 (f)].
The Yurok Land Trust basically includes all lands on the Yurok Reservation that are not documented as allotments or as private fee land held by non-Yuroks. Ownership of the land still belongs to the Yurok People because the United States never made a treaty with the Yuroks to acquire the rights to their lands. The Indian Non-Intercourse Act of 1834, 25 U.S.C. § 177, states “[N]o purchase, grant, lease, or other conveyance of land, or of any title or claim thereto, from any Indian nation or tribe of Indians, shall be of any validity in law or equity, unless the same be made by treaty or convention entered into pursuant the constitution.”
The Yurok Tribal Council, representing the BIA, the Trustees, in Land Trust matters, and representing the Tribal Members, who are the Beneficiary owners of the Trust, has an obligation to serve the interests of the Tribal Members in all actions relating to management of the Yurok Land Trust. The Tribal Council cannot, as managers of trust lands, make actions to serve their own interests or preferences at the expense of their responsibilities and fiduciary duties owed to the Tribal Members. Among these responsibilities are, most importantly, to “further the objectives of the Yurok Tribe as reflected in the Preamble of this [Yurok] Constitution”- [Yurok Constitution § 5(a)]. Objective 4 of the Preamble states that the Yurok Tribe will “Preserve and promote our culture, language, and religious beliefs and practices and pass them on to our children and grandchildren … forever.”This is what my people have agreed to empower our elected representatives to do for us and this is what we are fighting to protect.

Dunn Eggink said...

YUROK TRIBAL GOVERNMENT IS CONTINUING THE DISPLACEMENT OF NATIVE FAMILIES FROM THEIR ANCESTRAL LANDS. According to Yurok Customary Law, traditional house sites, village sites and land use rights are inherited through families. This is well known among Yurok people, especially the Yurok Cultural Department, yet the authority of the Tribal Government is being used to deprive members by granting “Land Assignments” to people in areas where they do not have traditional inheritance, on ancestral lands of tribal families without the consent of the families.
This is a violation of the Yurok Constitution and the Oath of Office, which requires government officials to “uphold and defend…the Traditions of the Yurok Tribe”[Article VIII],and the Yurok Bill of Rights states that “the Tribe shall not take any action that would abridge any tribal religious or traditional practices.” [Yurok Constitution Article IX]. According to the Yurok Land Assignment Ordinance the Land Assignment Committee will make decisions taking into consideration “Whether an applicant has a family or ancestral connection to the parcel,” [YTC 10.06 (e)] and "When potential Assignments are in or near a historic Village site and/ or areas of culture concerns" [YTC 10.06 (f)].
The Yurok Land Trust basically includes all lands on the Yurok Reservation that are not documented as allotments or as private fee land held by non-Yuroks. Ownership of the land still belongs to the Yurok People because the United States never made a treaty with the Yuroks to acquire the rights to their lands. The Indian Non-Intercourse Act of 1834, 25 U.S.C. § 177, states “[N]o purchase, grant, lease, or other conveyance of land, or of any title or claim thereto, from any Indian nation or tribe of Indians, shall be of any validity in law or equity, unless the same be made by treaty or convention entered into pursuant the constitution.”
The Yurok Tribal Council, representing the BIA, the Trustees, in Land Trust matters, and representing the Tribal Members, who are the Beneficiary owners of the Trust, has an obligation to serve the interests of the Tribal Members in all actions relating to management of the Yurok Land Trust. The Tribal Council cannot, as managers of trust lands, make actions to serve their own interests or preferences at the expense of their responsibilities and fiduciary duties owed to the Tribal Members. Among these responsibilities are, most importantly, to “further the objectives of the Yurok Tribe as reflected in the Preamble of this [Yurok] Constitution”- [Yurok Constitution § 5(a)]. Objective 4 of the Preamble states that the Yurok Tribe will “Preserve and promote our culture, language, and religious beliefs and practices and pass them on to our children and grandchildren … forever.”This is what my people have agreed to empower our elected representatives to do for us and this is what we are fighting to protect.