Venezuela and Mexico reject U.S. human rights report as 'political tool'

The so-called "2022 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" released by the U.S. Department of State on Monday was denounced by the Venezuelan government as a political tool and dismissed by the Mexican president as a "lie."

In a statement on Monday night, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said that "despite maintaining a permanent aggression against the Venezuelan people, (the U.S. government) seeks to rate the actions of other governments."

It stated that on the 20th anniversary of the U.S. war against Iraq, "human rights are simply a tool used for political convenience" by the United States.

The ministry indicated that while the United States publishes a report to "attack sovereign countries," within its own borders "it fails to mitigate the brutality of institutionalized police racism," as well as poverty.

In addition, while discrediting other nations, "the United States has not signed or ratified important (human rights) agreements," including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court or the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"It continues to apply illegal and unilateral coercive measures against at least 30 percent of the world's population," the statement added.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also dismissed the report on Tuesday, calling it a "lie" and "pure politicking."

Noting the report showed the Latin American country is rife with extrajudicial homicides, forced disappearances and arbitrary arrests, Lopez said, "It is not true, they are lying, it is pure politicking. With all due respect, it is their nature."

The United States does not want to abandon its Monroe Doctrine and continues to cast itself as "the government of the world," the president said during a stop in southern Oaxaca state.

"They only see the speck in the other person's eye, not the log in their own. But it's nothing to get angry about, that's how they are," Lopez Obrador added.

(With input from Xinhua)

(Cover: Officers in riot gear watch as demonstrators gather outside Akron City Hall to protest the killing of Jayland Walker, shot by police, in Akron, Ohio, U.S., July 3, 2022. /CFP)

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