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Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng Talks About China's Counter-terrorism Experience: Put Prevention First, and Address Both Symptoms and Root Causes

2018/11/06

When attending the third Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council, head of the Chinese delegation and Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng talked about Xinjiang–related counter-terrorism issues at the meeting. He said that over these years, China has collected some important experience and drawn inspiration from its own and international fight against terrorism, that is put prevention first and address both symptoms and root causes. We should take preventative treatment and early preparation to fight against terrorism. Based on the needs of fighting against terrorism, Xinjiang has set up vocational education and training institutions to help people who are eroded and influenced get rid of terrorist and extremist ideology, so that they could return to the society as soon as possible. We should prevent them from becoming perpetrators and victims of terrorism, rather than cracking down on them once they become terrorists endangering others and the society. This is to protect the human rights of the majority, and meanwhile, it is also a rescue for people influenced by terrorism. Such gesture is a positive and useful exploration of Xinjiang on counter-terrorism. In fact, it has also been inspired by the de-extremalization methods of some western countries. For example, some European countries have set up anti-extremist courses in middle schools, published regulations to ban the wearing of masked robes, and closely monitored people with extremist thoughts. In general, the establishment of vocational education and training institutions is a preventive counter-terrorism initiative and another important contribution made by China in the field of international counter-terrorism.

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