Facts and Figures: U.S. human rights situation
Posted on September 1st, 2011

Editor: Mu Xuequan Courtesy Xinhua News Agency

BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) — The Information Office of China’s State Council, or cabinet, issued the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2010 on Sunday.

Following are some facts and figures from the report:

— In 2009, an estimated 4.3 million violent crimes, 15.6 million property crimes and 133,000 personal thefts were committed against U.S. residents aged 12 or older, and the violent crime rate was 17.1 victimizations per 1,000 persons.

— In 2009, weapons were used in 22 percent of all violent crimes in the United States, and about 47 percent of robberies were committed with arms.

— More than 6,600 travelers had been subject to electronic device searches between October 1, 2008 and June 2, 2010, nearly half of them American citizens.

— By 2011, America will have more than 1.7 million men and women in prison, an increase of 13 percent over that of 2006.

— On June 24, 2010, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which will give the federal government “absolute power” to shut down the Internet under a declared national emergency.

— The U.S. unemployment rate edged up to 9.8 percent in November 2010, and the number of unemployed persons was 15 million in November, among whom, 41.9 percent were jobless for 27 weeks and more.

— A total of 44 million Americans found themselves in poverty in 2009, four million more than that of 2008. The share of residents in poverty climbed to 14.3 percent in 2009, the highest level recorded since 1994.

— 14.7 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2009, an increase of almost 30 percent since 2006.

— The number of families in homeless shelters increased 7 percent to 170,129 from fiscal year 2008 through fiscal year 2009.

— The number of Americans without health insurance increased from 46.3 million in 2008 to 50.7 million in 2009, the ninth consecutive annual rise, which accounted for 16.7 percent of the total U.S. population.

— Out of 6,604 hate crimes committed in the United States in 2009, some 4,000 were racially motivated and nearly 1,600 were driven by hatred for a particular religion.

— 90 percent of U.S. women have suffered some form of sexual discrimination in the workplace; some 20 million women are rape victims in the country; One in four women is a victim of domestic violence.

— Nearly one in four U.S. children struggles with hunger; every year over 3 million children are victims of violence reportedly and the actual number is three times greater.

— More than 93,000 children are currently incarcerated in the United States, and between 75 and 93 percent of children have experienced at least one traumatic experience, including sexual abuse and neglect.

— At least 109,000 people were killed in the Iraq war, and 63 percent of them were civilians from March 2003 through the end of 2009; the U.S.-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops had caused 535 Afghan civilian deaths and injuries in 2009.

— During the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the record on November 5, the United States received a record 228 recommendations by about 60 country delegations for improving its human rights situation.

2 Responses to “Facts and Figures: U.S. human rights situation”

  1. jay-ran Says:

    Where are the damn HUMAN RIGHT CRUSADERS??? R they alive or DEAD???

  2. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    Human Rights Crusaders are only running an industry to keep their fat salaries. How can we expect them to bite the hand that feeds them! Therefore, they would simply look the otherway when their benefactors, whether Govts like the USA & EU or terrorists like the LTTE, violate human rights.

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