US: Human rights worsening in China, Vietnam

The U.S. says human rights conditions are deteriorating in China and Vietnam but points to improvements in Myanmar as it continues its bumpy path to democracy.
The State Department on Friday issued its annual assessment of human rights conditions around the world.
The report took aim at the continuing crackdown on political activists and public interest lawyers in China during 2012. It said authorities increased repression and restrictions on religious freedom in ethnic Tibet regions, where rising numbers of people have set themselves on fire to protest against Beijing.
It said conditions in North Korea remain "deplorable," with defectors reporting extrajudicial killings, disappearances, arbitrary detention and torture.
The U.S. said Myanmar took significant steps away from military rule, but urgently needs to resolve inter-ethnic violence.