Xin­jiang draft­ing 1st laws on religious ex­trem­ism

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CUI JIA in Urumqi cui­jia@chi­

Law­mak­ers in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion will be­gin to draft a regulation against religious ex­trem­ism this year, the top re­gional leg­is­la­tor said on Wed­nes­day.

It will be China’s first leg­is­la­tion tar­get­ing religious ex­trem­ism, which has led to a num­ber of ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the coun­try in re­cent years.

“Draft­ing lo­cal reg­u­la­tions on anti-ter­ror­ism and elim­i­nat­ing religious ex­trem­ism are the main fo­cus of this year’s leg­isla­tive work, which will pro­vide solid le­gal sup­port for Xin­jiang to com­bat ter­ror­ism and religious ex­trem­ism,” said Nayim Yassen, di­rec­tor of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Xin­jiang Re­gional Peo­ple’s Congress. Nayim made the re­marks on the side­lines of the an­nual ses­sion of the lo­cal peo­ple’s congress in Urumqi, the re­gional cap­i­tal.

Lo­cal law­mak­ers will also start to draft the prac­tices for im­ple­ment­ing the coun­tert­er­ror­ism law in Xin­jiang this year. They had al­ready be­gun to draft lo­cal anti-ter­ror­ism leg­is­la­tion be­fore the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress passed China’s first coun­tert­er­ror­ism law in De­cem­ber.

On Mon­day, Xin­jiang an­nounced that it will con­tinue to in­ten­sify its strike-hard cam­paign against ter­ror­ism this year. Re­gional Party chief Zhang Chunx­ian said all an­titer­ror­ism ac­tiv­i­ties will be car­ried out in ac­cor­dance with the law.

Nayim said Xin­jiang law­mak­ers be­gan to re­search the draft­ing of a regulation against religious ex­trem­ism last year and have made “sig­nif­i­cant progress”.

The spread of religious ex­trem­ism is be­lieved to have led to an in­creas­ing num­ber of ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Xin­jiang and other parts of China in re­cent years. Last year, the re­gional peo­ple’s congress ap­proved Urumqi leg­is­la­tors’ de­ci­sion to ban with­out de­lay full-face cov­er­ings in pub­lic. The leg­is­la­tors said such cloth­ing is as­so­ci­ated with religious ex­trem­ism.

Elim­i­nat­ing religious ex­trem­ism is the main fo­cus.”

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