Washington uses the topic of human rights as a diplomatic tool to suppress countries that do not want to submit and give in, but human rights are not a monopoly or privilege of the United States, said Lin Songtian, head of the Chinese People’s Society for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
“Human rights are not a privilege or monopoly of the United States, but a common aspiration of all mankind. Ensuring equal rights and freedoms, decent work, necessities, housing, education and health care for all people in the world, regardless of nationality, ethnicity or culture is an integral part of the international human rights cause,” Lin Songtian said at a seminar on combating poverty, development and human rights in China.
The United States, he pointed out, cares only about its own interests and hegemony, not about human rights.
“The US and other Western countries do not care about real human rights. They no longer have the right and should be ashamed to talk about human rights,” Lin Songtian said.
According to him, the United States for decades allegedly “defended human rights” in the countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, but never took action to help any country successfully solve the problem of development.
“The United States cares about capital and politics and protects the human rights of the rich. The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. The wealth of the 50 richest people in the United States is equal to the wealth of the poorest 165 million people,” he said.
At the same time, Lin Songtian added that to maintain its hegemony and serve its self-serving interests, Washington uses the topic of human rights as a diplomatic tool to suppress countries that do not want to submit and give in.
“Since 1991, the United States has waged wars in the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria, resulting in massive civilian casualties and numerous refugees. At the same time, the United States has imposed unilateral sanctions against Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Syria, Zimbabwe, and other countries under all possible pretexts and has never cared about the rights to life, health, and the existence of people in these countries,” he added.
He noted that countries differ in history, civilization, and development, and their development in the field of human rights will certainly also be different.
“The international community should maintain a spirit of mutual respect, treat each other as equals, seek common ground while maintaining differences and striving for common development, strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the field of human rights, and promote common progress,” Lin Songtian added. He stressed that the international community should also resolutely oppose double standards and the politicization of human rights, and developed countries should effectively fulfill their obligations to assist developing countries for development and the implementation of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development for the period up to 2030 so that people of all countries can live a peaceful, happy and decent life.