US urged to reflect on human rights situation

China has urged the United States to reflect on its own transgressions and uphold human rights.

It comes after documents disclosed that the U.S. had engaged in interrogation by torture.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Friday said China is shocked by the report.

Hua is referring to more than fifty documents declassified by the Central Intelligence Agency on Tuesday, which detailed interrogation by torture conducted by the U.S. government after the terrorist attacks of September 11 in 2001.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): HUA CHUNYING, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson
“The U.S. has always styled itself as a human rights defender and has been known to make indiscreet criticism of other countries’ human rights situation. The United States should reflect on its own behavior and take concrete measures to stop the severe violation of human rights.”

The spokesperson adds that every country should abide by international conventions, including the Geneva Convention, and guarantee the basic rights of criminals.

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