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Chinese lawmakers propose legislation against terror

(Xinhua)

08:20, October 27, 2011

BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese lawmakers who are discussing a draft bill that would legally define terrorist acts have called for a specific law to fight against terror.

Such a law would provide more effective legal ground for anti-terror efforts, said several members of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC).

The NPC Standing Committee members are discussing the anti-terror draft bill, a draft amendment to the Civil Procedure Law and a draft amendment to the Military Service Law at their ongoing bimonthly meeting.

It is imperative to speed up the legislation process, since the draft bill is brief and legislators have yet to discuss many issues, legislator Wang Haoliang said.

Legislator Sui Mingtai said anti-terror clauses do exist in China's criminal law and armed police law. However, they fail to provide enough legal ground for anti-terror operations, Sui said.

Sui called for more research on anti-terrorism tasks and guidelines, as well as better organization of anti-terror operations.

"It is necessary to put effective measures into law in time," Sui said.

The anti-terror draft bill is expected to pave the way for future anti-terrorism efforts by legally defining terrorist acts and organizations. It also states that the funds and assets of terrorist organizations and terrorists will be frozen when their names are published.

Legislator Li Lianning suggested that the funds and assets of enterprises and individuals who fund terrorists should also be frozen, adding that this practice is in line with resolutions made by the United Nations Security Council.

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