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US Muslim group urges Hilton to drop project on bulldozed Uyghur mosque

'Hilton must stand on the right side of history by announcing it will cancel this project,' says CAIR official

Servet Gunerigok   | 15.06.2021
US Muslim group urges Hilton to drop project on bulldozed Uyghur mosque Muslims arrive to perform Eid al-Fitr at prayer Dongsi Mosque in Beijing, China. ( FILE PHOTO - Anadolu Agency )

WASHINGTON

The largest Muslim advocacy organization in the US urged Hilton Worldwide Holdings on Tuesday to drop plans to build a hotel on the site of a bulldozed mosque in China’s Xinjiang region.

The call by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) came after a report this week by the British daily The Telegraph that China is building a new commercial center, including an upscale Hilton Hotel, on the site where a mosque was initially demolished.

CAIR’s National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said Hilton has a unique opportunity to take a clear stance against China's ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims and set an example for other prominent corporations.

"Hilton must stand on the right side of history by announcing it will cancel this project and cease any operations in the Uyghur region of China until its government ends its persecution of millions of innocent people," Mitchell said in a statement.

Since 2017, China has carried out massive and systematic abuses against Muslims living in Xinjiang.

China's alleged erosion of religious, cultural and human rights for more than 1 million ethnic Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang in the last decade has enraged western countries, prompting sanctions against Chinese officials and firms.

Officials are accused of putting Uyghurs in concentration camps which China defines as re-education and training centers. Beijing vehemently denies rights violations of its citizens.

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