The Council on American-Islamic Relations is urging Hilton hotels to abandon plans to build a hotel on a site that once housed a mosque.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging Hilton Worldwide Holdings to abandon plans to build a hotel in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region where Chinese officials bulldozed a mosque.
“The idea that the corporation will do business in the same place of the ongoing genocide is unbelievable,” CAIR Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell told Al Jazeera.
UN: The administration of US President Joe Biden has accused China of committing genocide against Muslim Uyghurs.
a last: An Amnesty International report called the situation in Xinjiang “a dystopian hellish landscape”, detailing how minority groups were forced to renounce their religious traditions, language and culture.
We say ‘never again’, but we never really understand. “Hilton can either build a hotel, be an accomplice to the genocide, or cancel the hotel to help end the genocide,” Mitchell said.
China is planning to build a new shopping center, which will include the Hilton Hotel on the site of a former mosque. This was reported by the British newspaper The Telegraph on Sunday.
Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide Holdings did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Al Aze Azira.
Titled in his report “How we were enemies in the war.” “Chinese mass intervention, torture and persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang.” Amnesty International details human rights violations against Uyghurs.
The amnesty revealed that hundreds of thousands of Muslim men and women had been sent to prisons or inland camps, where they had been subjected to “physical and psychological torture” by China, which subjected Muslims to systematic mass surveillance to become “the most closely studied population in the world.”
Muslim ethnic groups are forced to renounce their religious traditions, cultural practices and local languages, according to Amnesty International, which shares the testimony of 50 former detainees in the camp.
“The Chinese authorities have created a staggering dystopian hellish landscape in Xinjiang. “Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities face crimes against humanity and other serious human rights abuses,” said Amnesty International Secretary-General Agnes Kalamard.
China has denied any wrongdoing against its Muslim minority.
CAIR, the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the United States, also welcomed Biden’s tougher stance on human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region.
In April, Biden Secretary of State Anthony Blinken condemned China for its genocide and human rights abuses against Muslim Uyghurs. He urged American corporations to refrain from doing business in the region.
“Hilton is in the United States, but he seems to be ignoring the US government’s official recognition by China of the genocide of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities,” Robert S. McCaw, CAIR’s director of government affairs, told Al Jazeera.
The Biden administration also raised the issue of human rights in China last week during talks with other world leaders in the G7. Mitchell said business also plays a role in positioning.
“China is such a superpower, no one is going to fight for human rights,” Mitchell said. “The only people who can do anything about it are the United States, the big corporations. “Corporations have a big role to play in stopping this genocide.”