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(Opinion) West's Criticism of China's Anti-terror Law A Bluff

2015-12-29 08:35:26       source:Global Times

By Li Aixin


December 29, 2015


"The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China on Sunday passed the country's first-ever Counter-terrorism Law with an unanimous vote, which will take effect on January 1, providing legal support to the nation's anti-terrorism action as well as cooperation with the international community.


From the first draft to the final approval, the law has drawn criticism from the West over possible infringement of human rights and freedom of expression. The US State Department spokeswoman Gabrielle Price said last week that the law 'would lead to greater restrictions on the exercise of freedoms of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and religion within China.'


The anti-terrorism law clearly addresses the concern. According to the law, 'terrorist activities shall be punished in accordance with the law and human rights shall be respected and safeguarded to protect citizens' lawful rights, interests and freedom.' It means the process of carrying out the law will be regulated, and violations of people's legal rights will be prevented, which is an important principle of the newly adopted law."


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