Statement by Ambassador Chen Xu at the International Webinar “Counter-Terrorism, De-radicalization and Human Rights Protection”
17 September 2020
Your Excellency Ambassador Salomon Eheth,
President Song Xianzhong,
Distinguished guests and friends,
Welcome to the international webinar on “Counter-Terrorism, De-radicalization and Human Rights Protection” co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of China and the Permanent Mission of Cameroon. Many thanks to the China Society for Human Rights Studies and Jinan University to organize the event. As we all know, terrorism and extremism seriously undermine international and regional peace and stability and seriously violate human rights. Since the beginning of this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought new risks and challenges to the global fight against terrorism and de-radicalization. China believes that the international community should firmly uphold the spirit of the community of common future for humankind, implement the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, and promote multilateralism and international cooperation. The capacity of all countries, especially developing countries, should be upgraded to respond to terrorism and extremism and promote and protect human rights.
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China used to be plagued by violent terrorism, ethnic separatism, and religious extremism. These “three evil forces” masterminded and carried out thousands of violent terrorist incidents in Xinjiang, which put people’s lives and social stability under serious threat. Putting protection of the fundamental interests of the people on top of its priority, Xinjiang has taken a series of anti-terrorism and de-radicalization measures in accordance with law. These measures, combining combat with prevention, have effectively curbed the surge of terrorist attacks, and protected the human rights of people of all ethnic groups. The measures are entirely in line with the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the Action Plan for the Prevention of Violent Extremism and have yielded positive results. Over the past four years, there was not a single terrorist violence in Xinjiang. Measures taken in Xinjiang have made significant contributions to international efforts to combat terrorism and de-radicalization. China is ready to share valuable experience with other countries.
In defiance of basic facts, some countries have repeatedly made unfounded accusations against China, discredited Xinjiang’s efforts to combat terrorism and de-radicalization, and even imposed so-called “sanctions” on China under the disguise of human rights. This exposed to the full their hypocrisy and double standards. The essence of the Xinjiang-related issue is to safeguard China’s national sovereignty, independence, and unity, and to protect the right of people of all ethnic groups to live and work in peace and security. China firmly opposes any person or forces that sow instability, division, and unrest in the country and opposes any interference in its internal affairs.
I am delighted that several experts and scholars in the field of counter-terrorism and human rights are invited to this webinar. I hope you will speak out your mind, share practices and experience in safeguarding human rights by counter-terrorism and de-radicalization in various countries, explore effective ways to promote international cooperation in counter-terrorism, and jointly contribute to the well-being of peoples of all countries.
I wish today’s international seminar a complete success.