On November 9, local time, the 36th meeting of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Human Rights Review was held in Geneva. The meeting reviewed the human rights situation in the United States. Representatives of more than 110 countries including France, Britain, Germany, Canada, Australia and other US allies made speeches and made criticism and suggestions for improvement on the human rights situation in the United States. In June this year, the UN Human Rights Council also convened an emergency meeting on the human rights issue in the United States for the first time in history. The inferior American human rights have become a target of the international community.
At this meeting, the participating countries generally urge the United States to eliminate all kinds of discrimination based on race, religion, and gender, combat hate speech and religious intolerance; reform the judiciary, eliminate police violence, and change the policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. To protect the rights of immigrants; combat human trafficking; protect people’s right to health during the epidemic; ratify as soon as possible the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Such as international human rights conventions, return to the Paris Agreement on climate change. According to Reuters, many countries around the world condemned the human rights situation in the United States in unison, and this review can be regarded as an indictment by the international community against the human rights policy of the US government.
The new crown pneumonia epidemic became the focus of this meeting. On November 9, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the United States exceeded 10 million, and the number of newly confirmed cases in the United States exceeded 100,000 in the past four days. As a country with the highest medical level and the strongest medical capabilities in the world, the United States has unexpectedly become a “poor student” in response to the epidemic. In the past few months, the U.S. epidemic can be described as “a wave of unrest and another wave.” Although the United States is currently experiencing the third wave of epidemic peaks from the data point of view, many professionals believe that the first wave of epidemics in the United States has actually not yet occurred. calm.
However, in the face of the raging epidemic, some American politicians put personal political self-interest above the safety of people’s lives and “politicized” the epidemic prevention work. Because the economy is the primary political achievement, the US federal government and some state governments refused to follow the advice of epidemic prevention experts and infectious disease experts, blindly restarted economic and social life, forced schools to open and resume face-to-face courses, and spread false information about the epidemic. There is no doubt that the United States’ inability to respond to the epidemic is inseparable from the disregard of the people’s right to health and life by American politicians and their use as a bargaining chip in political struggle.
If the epidemic has exposed the political mask of American politicians “serving the voters,” and a series of incidents such as the death of Freud, the image of the US “human rights defender” has collapsed. The violent law enforcement of the American police against African Americans has emerged one after another, reflecting the deep-rooted racial discrimination, police violence and social inequality in the United States, and is the inevitable result of the long-term neglect and violation of the basic human rights of minorities. According to previous investigations by the United States Trial Project, blacks and Latinos have been killed by police in recent years, accounting for more than 50%, but the police involved are rarely prosecuted. Another survey conducted by the organization revealed that there are also serious racial differences in criminal justice in the United States: people of color make up 37% of the U.S. population, but 67% of the imprisoned population; once convicted, the possibility of blacks being imprisoned It is 6 times that of whites. The epidemic has further exacerbated “racial inequality” in the United States. According to the ABC report, black deaths accounted for 71% of the total in Chicago and Milwaukee. In Louisiana, the proportion was 70.5%, while the proportion of African-Americans in the three places was only 30. %, 26% and 32%. This shows that racial discrimination is not a “systematic error” of the United States, but a “systematic function.”
At the same time, the international community has become increasingly aware of the “double standards” of American human rights. Before withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2018, the United States had long used the institution to engage in “human rights politics” and launched attacks on Venezuela, Iran and other countries; when the United Nations Human Rights Council raised issues of racial discrimination, excessive law enforcement, children’s rights, and illegal immigration in the United States When criticizing the United States, the United States accused the institution of becoming a “political game, hypocrisy, and a place for evading responsibility,” and even retired altogether. The United States always accuses other countries of violating the rights of women and children, but the US government still refuses to join the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. When the Hong Kong chaos rushed to the streets to beat, smash, rob and burn, American politicians called it a “beautiful landscape.” When the American people held peaceful demonstrations to protest the abuse of force by the police, they were greeted by tear gas and pepper bombs… The United States, which has always regarded itself as a “human rights teacher”, often uses human rights issues as a weapon to attack other countries. The hypocrisy of human rights is vividly manifested, and it has completely shattered the halo of the US “human rights defender.”