The U.S. Committee on Islamic Relations is urging the Hilton Hotel to abandon its plans to build a hotel where there used to be a mosque.
The Committee on Islamic Relations of the United States (CAIR) urged Hilton Global Holdings to abandon plans to build a hotel in the Xinjiang region of China where Chinese officials overthrew and desecrated the mosque.
“The idea that a company will do business in the same location as the ongoing genocide is unbelievable,” CAIR’s deputy country director Edward Ahmed Mitchell told Al Jazeera.
The United Nations and the administration of US President Joe Biden accused China of genocide Muslim Uighurs.
A kind recent The Amnesty International report described the local situation in Xinjiang as a “dystopian hell landscape” and detailed how ethnic minorities were forced to abandon their religious traditions, languages, and cultures.
“We said’never again’, but we never really meant it. Hilton can build hotels and participate in the genocide, or cancel the hotel and help stop the genocide,” Mitchell said.
According to the British “Daily Telegraph” report on Sunday, China is planning to build a new commercial center on a piece of land that was once a mosque, including a Hilton hotel.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings, headquartered in Virginia, did not immediately respond to Al Jazeera’s request for comment.
In its title “‘It’s like we are enemies in war’: China’s mass detention, torture and persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang”, Amnesty International detailed human rights violations against Uyghurs.
Amnesty International found that hundreds of thousands of Muslim men and women were sent to prisons or detention camps, where they suffered “physical and mental torture.” China’s systematic and large-scale surveillance of Muslims made them “the most closely monitored people”. . World Population”.
According to Amnesty International, the Muslim community was forced to abandon their religious traditions, cultural practices and local language. The organization also shared the testimony of 50 former concentration camp detainees.
“The Chinese authorities have created an astonishing dystopian landscape in Xinjiang. Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities face crimes against humanity and other serious violations of human rights,” Amnesty International Secretary-General Agnes Karama De said in a statement.
China denies any abuse of its Muslim minorities.
CAIR, the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, also praised Biden’s tough stance on human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang region.
In April of this year, Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned China’s genocide of Muslim Uighurs and human rights violations. He also urged U.S. companies to refuse to do business in the region.
“Hilton is headquartered in the United States, but seems to ignore the US government’s official recognition of China’s genocide against Uighur Muslims and other Turkic minorities,” CAIR Director of Government Affairs Robert S. McCaw told Al Jazeera.
The Biden administration also raised China’s human rights issues during the Group of Seven (G7) talks with other world leaders last week. Mitchell said that companies can also play an important role in expressing their positions.
“China is a superpower-no one will go to war for human rights,” Mitchell said. “The only people who can do something about this are the United States and big companies. Businesses can play an important role in stopping this genocide.”