International Rule of Law: China-Uyghur Crisis


  • Irene Gatimi Florida Atlantic University


In 2015, China's Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress adopted the Anti-Terrorism Law of the People's Republic of China. Only 15 months later, the Standing Committee of the 12th People's Congress of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The enforcement of these counterterrorist policies under the Communist Party Secretary ofthe Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Chen Quanguo, is rather questionable. Quanguo has conducted large-scale vocation education and training centers holding Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslims and dramatically increased the police presence in Xinjiang as a means to combat potential terrorist threats. China'scounter-terrorism practices raise red flags when considering United Nations Rule of Law and relevant documents. China's treatment toward the Uyghur population can be considered a violation of the Rule of Law, especially when understanding its connection to human rights.