Mainstream media turns blind eye as UN visits Xinjiang, criticises US

Jun 8, 2024
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Human Rights are big news again. There are murders in Gaza, there are restrictions in Ukraine, there are allegations of abuses in Iran and any other place that the US sees as an adversary but, one thing that isn’t big news is that the United Nations has recently visited Xinjiang. So far, 100% of our mainstream media have ignored this news.

The UN Special Rapporteur, Dr Alena Douhan didn’t find human rights abuses by Chinese authorities on Chinese minorities, what she found instead were abuses by the USA against Uyghurs, caused by illegal and unilateral sanctions. But that’s a different story.

It isn’t just in China where the US could be accused of committing crimes against humanity. It’s in their own streets, cities and especially their prisons. In fact, the situation is so bad that, across the political spectrum, 71% of all Americans feel their country is headed in the wrong direction.

When we look closer, we see they are right. US poverty, according to their own census in January 2024 increased to 11.5% and that means 37.9 million people are living below the poverty line in the world’s richest country. This reflects in perceptions about safety too. While the FBI and the Bureau of Justice both report that crime, particularly violent crime has fallen, they both also report that the perception of safety from those crimes has also fallen – what this means is that, even though the numbers show crime is down, the reality is that people don’t believe it. And this is borne out by the fact that only 41% of violent crimes were even reported.

Crime in the USA, according to both the FBI and Department of Justice (DoJ) is down but according to Gallop and Pew Research, it’s up. It’s just not being reported anymore. The FBI and the DoJ both report that solving crime is down too yet prison populations are increasing. If crime and clear up rates are decreasing but convictions are increasing – something is wrong with the statistics; in 2022 the number of inmates rose by 2%.

Perhaps it’s related to the slave labour they accuse China of, the USA has legally mandated forced labour in prisons through the 13th Amendment and now prison labour constitutes a huge contribution to the manufacturing of everything from breakfast cereals to the bombs dropping on Gaza.

Gun deaths are definitely not decreasing, the Gun Violence Archive reports 181 mass shootings in the USA up to 30th May, that’s more than one a day with 44 deaths a day on average.

The Rand Organisation reported that forced labour and human trafficking into the USA, are both increasing. The number, they think, is up to 17,500 people a year. But that’s not the worst of it, there are apparently 10.4 million people working illegally in the USA as undocumented labourers and since Biden took office, there have been over 2 million new workers arriving illegally every year. All the evidence suggests that many of these workers are underpaid. This is a form of human rights abuse not just for the illegal and undocumented workers but for the people who live in the region and are forced to accept lower incomes.

In four states, Colorado, Georgia, New Hampshire and Wisconsin, the minimum working age is 12, kids who ought to be in school can get out and get a job. There is only state, New Jersey, with a minimum working age of 16 and for all the rest the age is 14. Principle 5 of the 10 Principles of the United Nations Global Compact states that developed nations, and the US is one, should have no child under 13 in work at all and no child under 15 in anything other than “light work”. Hazardous work should not be commenced until the child reaches 18. The US laws put them in breach of UN standards.

For a microcosm of what’s wrong with income inequality in the USA, look no further than the Walmart organisation. They are the USA’s largest employer and the owners, the Walton family are the USA’s richest family with a combined wealth greater than Bezos or Musk. Yet when Bernie Sanders commissioned a report, it found that Walmart and Amazon contribute to the same problem. These massively rich individuals employ people who don’t earn enough to live and need social security, Medicaid or food stamps to survive.

In other words, US taxpayers support people employed by the country’s richest people. The Federal minimum wage has remained at $7:25 since 2009. If that’s not a human rights abuse, we need a new definition – but even this gets even worse – there are still 20 states that can pay as low as $2:13 if the employee collects tips.

The Prindle Institute reports that failure to act on poverty is a human rights abuse, but when the UN went to the USA to check, they were ignored. Failure to act on gun control is a human rights abuse and this is a can that has been kicked along the road by the Biden Administration. They have increased background checks but not reduced the number of guns on the streets. Failure to offer due process and a fair trial with the presumption of innocence is a human rights abuse which has been ignored by mandatory minimum sentencing standards introduced under Trump and continued under Biden. Failure to provide a safe environment for people to live and work, to commune in their neighbourhoods is a human rights abuse that the world can see just by switching on social media and taking a look at their tent cities and the drug addled streets.

While the US government points fingers, the UN points right back at them. The world is misinformed by US controlled or influenced media. US citizens are misled into believing their country is the arbiter of freedom and democracy. 71% of them have realised that their government is, in fact, the perpetrators of misery both at home and abroad.

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