USA: Annual human rights report heavily criticises Russia and China

Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan unveiled the US government's annual global human rights report, in Washington DC on Friday, in which Russia and China alongside Iran and North Korea were singled out as countries whose human rights abuses can be considered a global threat. In an introduction to the report, Sullivan heavily criticised the Russian government, saying that it «continues to... Еще quash dissent and civil society». He went on to urge Moscow to «end its brutal occupation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula», and to «address impunity for the human rights violations and abuses in the Republic of Chechnya». Other countries detailed in the report as human rights abusers whose government's fail to hold the violators to account included China, North Korea and Iran. Regarding the ongoing civil war in Syria, Sullivan commented «the entire world is aware of the horrendous human rights abuses in Syria, including barrel bombing of civilians, attacks on hospitals, widespread reports of rape and abuse by Syrian government personnel». The report was the first of its kind to be produced entirely by the Trump administration. Human rights groups including Amnesty International have criticised the report for, amongst other reasons, replacing a section on «reproductive rights» with the title «coercion control».

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