Beijing hit back at the United States yesterday with its own report on the US human rights record, calling it a hypocritical power. 'The US practice of throwing stones at others while living in a glass house is a testimony to the double standard and hypocrisy of the United States in dealing with human rights issues,' the State Council's information office said in its report on the US human rights record. Xinhua said the report 'was in retaliation to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2008 issued by the US State Department on February 25'. It blasted Washington for using human rights as a tool to 'interfere with and demonise other nations'. 'The US has turned a blind eye to its own violations of human rights,' the report released by Beijing said. The report criticised the US for widespread violent crimes that posed serious threats to its people's lives and security. It also noted an increasing number of restrictions had been imposed on civil rights. It cited the government surveillance on citizens' activities online, new legislation on government wiretapping last July, more cases of police abuse of force and a neglect of the basic rights of 2.3 million prisoners in the United States.