Xin­jiang fight­ing ex­trem­ist thought

Re­gion’s ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties help res­cue those lured into ter­ror­ism

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CUI JIA cui­jia@chi­

Law­mak­ers in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion have re­vised lo­cal reg­u­la­tions to al­low lo­cal gov­ern­ments to set up ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties to help those who have been lured into ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties and those af­fected by ex­trem­ist thoughts to re­turn to so­ci­ety and their fam­i­lies.

The full text of the re­vised anti-ex­trem­ism reg­u­la­tion, adopted by the re­gional peo­ple’s congress on Sept 5, was re­leased on Tues­day, when it took ef­fect.

It stip­u­lates that gov­ern­ments at the county level or above can set up ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­ters, to help peo­ple with ex­trem­ist thoughts. Lessons could in­clude stan­dard Chi­nese lan­guage, laws and reg­u­la­tions, vo­ca­tional skills, and psy­cho­log­i­cal con­sul­ta­tions so that peo­ple can get rid of ex­trem­ist thoughts and be pre­pared to re­turn to so­ci­ety.

The reg­u­la­tion also re­quires ad­min­is­tra­tors in charge of the sec­tor to stan­dard­ize ed­u­ca­tion and other mea­sures.

The pen­e­tra­tion of re­li­gious ex­trem­ism led to a se­ries of ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Xin­jiang in the past. The re­gional gov­ern­ment has at­tached great im­por­tance to elim­i­nat­ing ex­trem­ism, and in­tro­duced China’s first anti-ex­trem­ism reg­u­la­tion on April 1 last year.

Ma Pinyan, a re­searcher at the Xin­jiang Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences, said on Thurs­day that the ed­u­ca­tion and other mea­sures adopted in Xin­jiang have proved ef­fec­tive as the lo­cal so­cial sit­u­a­tion re­mains sta­ble.

“The re­vised reg­u­la­tion has clar­i­fied some de­tails of the ed­u­ca­tion mea­sures so the re­gion can bet­ter fight ex­trem­ism, which is the foun­da­tion of ter­ror­ism, in ac­cor­dance with the law,” he said.

Ma said the reg­u­la­tion states that the goal of such mea­sures is to help peo­ple re­turn to so­ci­ety and their fam­i­lies.

Re­gional law­mak­ers also re­vised a reg­u­la­tion im­ple­ment­ing the Anti-ter­ror­ism Law, which also came into ef­fect on Tues­day.

The re­vised reg­u­la­tion stip­u­lates that peo­ple who are lured into ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties and af­fected by ex­trem­ist thoughts but who com­mit mi­nor and harm­less of­fenses need to re­ceive in­di­vid­ual ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions or be ad­mit­ted into ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

They can be ex­empted from crim­i­nal penal­ties if they show re­gret and vol­un­tar­ily take part in ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, ac­cord­ing to the new reg­u­la­tion.

The re­vised reg­u­la­tion has clar­i­fied some de­tails of the ed­u­ca­tion mea­sures so the re­gion can bet­ter fight ex­trem­ism.”

Ma Pinyan,

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