The Fight Against Terrorism and Extremism and Human Rights Protection in Xinjiang
The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China
I. Xinjiang Has Long Been an Inseparable Part of Chinese Territory
II. The Origin of Terrorism and Extremism in Xinjiang
III. Violent Terrorism and Religious Extremism Are Grave Abuses of Human Rights
IV. Striking at Terrorism and Extremism in Accordance with the Law
V. Giving Top Priority to a Preventive Counterterrorism Approach
VI. Finding Experience for Counterterrorism and De-radicalization
VII. International Counterterrorism Exchanges and Cooperation
Terrorism is the common enemy of humanity, and the target of joint action by the international community. Terrorist forces, by means of violence, sabotage and intimidation, pose a serious threat to world peace and security by scorning human rights, slaughtering innocent people, endangering public security, and creating fear and panic in society. The infiltration and spread of extremism is a hotbed for violence and terror, constituting a direct threat to human rights. The Chinese government stands firmly against all forms of terrorism and extremism, and is relentless in striking hard, in accordance with the law, at any conduct advocating terrorism and extremism and any action that involves organizing, planning and carrying out terrorist activities, or infringing upon citizens’ human rights.
For some time, China’s Xinjiang, under the combined influence of separatists, religious extremists and terrorists, has seen frequent incidents of terrorist attacks, which have been detrimental to the life and property of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang and have trampled on people’s dignity. In the face of these real threats, Xinjiang has taken resolute action to fight terrorism and extremism in accordance with the law, effectively curbing the frequent occurrences of terrorist activities and ensuring, to the maximum extent, the rights to life and development of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang.
A country under the rule of law, China respects and protects human rights in accordance with the principles of its Constitution. China’s fight against terrorism and extremism is an important part of the same battle being waged by the international community; it is in keeping with the purposes and principles of the United Nations to combat terrorism and safeguard basic human rights.