The State Department accused the Chinese government yesterday of numerous, serious human rights abuses and also took Israel and the Palestinian Authority to task for what it described as poor rights records.
In its annual report, the department said abuses in China included "instances of extrajudicial killings, torture and mistreatment of prisoners, forced confessions, arbitrary arrest and detention, lengthy incommunicado detention and denial of due process."
At the same time, the report credited the government with positive steps, including release of a number of prominent dissidents and granting permission for senior representatives of the Dalai Lama to visit the country.
The administration normally tries to censure China on human rights grounds at the annual meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva. The meeting is in its third week, and the administration has yet to disclose its plans there on China.
The report said Israel's human rights record in the occupied territories remained poor, and worsened in several areas as it continued to commit "numerous, serious human rights abuses."
"Security forces killed at least 990 Palestinians and two foreign nationals and injured 4,382 Palestinians and other persons during the year, including innocent bystanders," the report said. It said Israeli security forces targeted and killed at least 37 Palestinian terror suspects.
"Israeli forces undertook some of these targeted killings in crowded areas when civilian casualties were likely, killing 25 bystanders, including 13 children," the report said.
It noted that the Israeli government said it made every effort to limit civilian casualties during these operations.
The report also criticized the Palestinian Authority's rights record. It said many members of Palestinian security services and the Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization participated in violent attacks.