‘Morally reprehensible’: US slams China, Russia, Iran and North Korea in human rights report

Date: April 21, 2018

In releasing the State Department’s global human rights report for 2017, acting Secretary of State

PHOTO: Mr Sullivan has been acting Secretary of State since the dismissal of Rex Tillerson. (AP: Susan Walsh)

John Sullivan also singled out Syria, Myanmar, Turkey and Venezuela as nations with poor human rights records.

Improved human rights in Uzbekistan, Liberia and Mexico were global “bright spots,” Mr Sullivan added.

The governments of China, Russia, Iran and North Korea “violate the human rights of those within their borders on a daily basis and are forces of instability as a result,” Mr Sullivan said in a preface to the congressionally mandated report that documents human rights in nearly 200 countries and territories.

Countries like these that restrict freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly, allow and commit violence against religious, ethnic and other minority groups or undermine the people’s fundamental dignity “are morally reprehensible and undermine our interests,” Mr Sullivan added.