DAMASCUS - Syria accused the United States of hypocrisy on Wednesday after it added the Damascus regime to a blacklist of "the world's most systematic human rights violators."
The foreign ministry said that the history of abuses by US personnel in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the allegations surrounding the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba denied Washington any right to set itself up as an arbiter of human rights.
"The assessment made by the United States in its report is not objective and is based on political considerations," a ministry statement said.
Washington was itself responsible for "flagrant human rights violations... in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib," the ministry said.
"The deaf ear turned by the US adminstration towards the recent Israeli human rights violations in the Gaza Strip and its killings of children, shows how little importance it attaches to human rights. It's the last country in the world that should be given the job of assessing human rights records."
Syria was one of three countries, with Sudan and Uzbekistan, to be added to the US State Department blacklist published on Tuesday. The other seven countries in the 10-strong list are Belarus, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea and Zimbabwe.
"Syria's human rights record worsened this year, and the regime continued to commit serious abuses such as detaining an increasing number of activists, civil society organizers, and other regime critics," the report said.