The American-Islamic Relations Council urges Hilton hotels to abandon plans to build a hotel on a site that once housed a mosque.
The Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is urging Hilton Worldwide Holdings to abandon plans to build a hotel in the Chinese region of Xinjiang at the site where Chinese officials bulldozed and desecrated a mosque.
“The idea that a corporation would do business in the same place of an ongoing genocide is incredible,” CAIR national deputy director Edward Ahmed Mitchell told Al Jazeera.
The United Nations and the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden have accused China of committing genocide against Muslim Uighurs.
A recently The Amnesty International report described the situation on the ground in Xinjiang as a “dystopian infernal landscape”, detailing how minority groups have been forced to abandon their religious traditions, language and culture.
“We say ‘never again,’ but we never really mean it. Hilton can build a hotel and be complicit in genocide, or he can cancel the hotel and help stop a genocide,” Mitchell said.
China plans to build a new shopping center that will include a Hilton hotel on land where there was a mosque, the British newspaper The Telegraph reported on Sunday.
Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide Holdings did not immediately respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment.
In his report entitled “As if we were enemies in a war”: China’s mass internment, torture and persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang “, Amnesty International detailed human rights abuses against Uyghurs.
Amnesty found that hundreds of thousands of Muslim men and women have been sent to prisons or detention camps where they have been subjected to “physical and psychological torture” and that China has subjected Muslims to systematic mass surveillance to convert them. them, perhaps, in “the most watched.” population in the world ”.
Muslim ethnic groups are being forced to abandon their religious traditions, cultural practices and local languages, according to Amnesty International, which also shared the testimony of 50 former detainees in the camp.
“The Chinese authorities have created a dystopian infernal landscape on a striking scale in Xinjiang. Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities face crimes against humanity and other serious human rights violations, “Agnes Callamard, secretary general of Amnesty International, said in a statement.
China has denied any ill-treatment of its Muslim minority.
CAIR, the leading Muslim civil rights and civil rights organization in the United States, has also praised Biden’s tougher stance on human rights abuses in the Chinese region of Xinjiang.
In April, Biden Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned China for acts of genocide against Muslim Uighurs and their human rights violations. He also urged American companies to refuse to do business in the region.
“Hilton is headquartered in the United States, but seems to ignore the U.S. government’s formal recognition of China’s genocide commission against Uighur Muslims and other Turkish minorities,” Robert S McCaw, director, told Al Jazeera of CAIR governmental affairs.
The Biden administration also raised the issue of human rights in China during last week’s Group of Seven (G7) talks with other world leaders. Mitchell said companies also have an important role to play in taking a stand.
“China is a superpower, and no one is going to go to war for human rights,” Mitchell said. “The only people who can do anything about it are the United States and big corporations. Corporations have an important role to play in stopping this genocide. ”