A research fellow from China's Human Rights Society says China's human rights image has been distorted by the West using tailor-made phrases influenced by hegemony.

And China Society for Human Rights says it does not want to see Chinese businesses on the African continent violating workers' human rights.

Delivering a lecture at the on-going Chinese government-sponsored Seminar for Information Officers from English speaking African countries in Beijing on Thursday, Dr Yao Junei said China's human rights image had been distorted in ways similar to what happened to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
In her lecture entitled 'China's human rights in my eyes', Dr Yao said most people in the world had heard that China had human rights issues.

"There is an artiste; a world famous artiste who has donated the most to philantrophy causes, who is also the most misunderstood and suffered the most pain in the world," she said. "You may guess many names but actually, this one is Michael Jackson, the superstar of the United States."

Dr Yao said Jackson's unjust perceived addiction to plastic surgery, skin bleaching and paedophilia in the media almost ruined his precious life.

"I think that just like the case of Michael Jackson the image of China is also distorted by the coined phrases of Western countries, like one party rule, censorship of press and internet censorship," Dr Yao said.

"The westerners also like tailor-made things. They like tailor-made words and expressions but not for themselves but for other countries."

She said the term war on terror was coined and tailor-made by the US but that in most cases the war on terror was not about attacking terrorists but targeted against any group or nation opposed to the US.

Dr Yao said the West further coined phrases that gave an impression that in certain countries, people were very violent when surprisingly there was the Occupy Wall Street protests worldwide but there is no phrase as 'New York Street Corner'.

"While other online dissidents, opinion leaders or criminals of conscious are coined by the Westerners to be used on socialists countries and developing countries, these words have never been used on developed countries themselves," she said.

Dr Yao said some terms like freedom, democracy and human rights were beautified or turned into a myth by the Western countries for selfish reasons.

She referred to the internet-triggered protests in the UK in August this year where the young people thought to be behind the comments that sparked the protests were sent to four years in jail.
"Such practice obviously counters the claims to the ideal practices in terms of freedom of expression or human rights by these Western countries, however no country in the West rejects or objects such practices," Dr Yao said. "But just imagine if these things happened in China, how would they react?"
Dr Yao said if a western government wanted to overthrow a legitimate regime in another country, they will dub that regime as autocratic.

"If they want to change the government in another country they are going to say 'we want to send democracy to you'," she said.

"Especially after the 9/11 incident the United States of America turned the world into two categories; either you take side with the United States then you would be called democratic country or a country that loves human rights or you take sides with other countries then you would be dubbed as undemocratic."

Dr Yao said violation of human rights happened everywhere and they were unavoidable.

"However, such incidents when taking place in different countries are regarded differently...if it takes place in China people will say this is the natural result of autocracy," she said. "The United States and some western countries want to cook some phrases to be used on other countries."

Dr Yao said China's rising strength over the last three decades had caused some political leaders in the West to lose their balance and were therefore skillfully coining terms to distort China's image.

"Human rights issues are the ones where China received a lot of criticism from Western countries in the past 20 years. So how did the West succeed in frying up this issue?" Dr Yao asked. "Their major skill is by linking human rights with almost all the major issues in relations with China. For example, the European Union's arms embargo on China...China's entry into the WTO World Trade Organisation and the Olympic Games in 2008, almost all these major issues were related to human rights."
She said each country should be allowed to define its own human rights conditions and that the United States and other developed countries should not be the judges.

"The UK and US publish Human Rights Reports each year," Dr Yao said.

"In both reports they point their fingers at China's human rights.
They never talk about human rights issues in their own countries."

And Dr Yao said the Chinese government and its people had a strong desire to guarantee human rights to the extent that certain principles were embedded in the charter of the Communist Party of China.

She said although Western countries pretend to be judges on human rights issues in other nations, they should not be listened to blindly.

Dr Yao said the US was the country with the biggest export base of arms in the World and had the biggest army stationed all over the World but that none of the arms exported helped to protect human rights.

"Like most countries China is faced with a lot of problems in the course of development," said Dr Yao. "But I don't wish to see poor human rights records by Chinese companies doing business on the African continent."