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CAIR, 40+ Coalition Partners Announce Global Boycott of Hilton Hotels Over Plan to Build Hotel on Site of Demolished Uyghur Mosque in China

Coalition petition drive asks signatories to ‘join the global boycott of ALL Hilton-owned hotels until the company cancels its plan’ 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/16/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization – in partnership with more than 40 U.S. and international groups, today held a news conference outside The Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., to announce a worldwide boycott of Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) over that corporation’s refusal to end an agreement to license the construction of a Hampton Hotel on the site of a bulldozed mosque in the Uyghur region of China.     

#BoycottHilton #HiltonHurtsUyghurs #GenocideHotel #SaveUyghur   

SEE: Calls for Global Boycott of Hilton Over Hotel on Holy Site Bulldozed in China’s Cleansing Drive (Telegraph)

Muslim Groups Boycott Hilton Over Planned Hotel on Uighur Mosque (Al Jazeera) 

More than 40 Groups to Boycott Hilton Over Planned Hotel on Uighur Site

[LISTEN] CAIR, Coalition Partners Announce Global Boycott of Hilton Hotels Over Plan to Build Hotel on Site of Demolished Uyghur Masjid in China

Those speaking at the news conference included: (in order of appearance) 

Zainab ChaudryCAIR Office in Maryland Director  

Nihad Awad – National Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) 

Rushan Abbas – Founder and Executive Director of Campaign for Uyghurs 

Omer Kanat – Executive Director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), Executive Chair World Uyghur Congress 

Abdulhakim A Idris – Inspector General of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) 

Husam Kaid – Political Lead for Free Uyghur Now 

Mahmudul Kadir – Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA) 

Abdulhakim Idris – World Uyghur Congress 


The coalition also launched a petition drive asking signatories to take a pledge “to join the global boycott of ALL Hilton-owned hotels until the company cancels its plan to establish a hotel on the site of a bulldozed Uyghur mosque in China.” 


On September 8, the coalition delivered a letter to Hilton headquarters in Virginia giving the corporation one week to end the agreement to license the construction of a Hampton Hotel on the site of a bulldozed mosque in the Uyghur region of China or face a global boycott.  

Video: CAIR, Coalition Partners Give Hilton One Week to Cancel Hotel on Bulldozed Uyghur Mosque in China or Face Global Boycott

Organizations partnering with CAIR in announcing the boycott include:    

  • Uyghur Human Rights Project     
  • World Uyghur Congress     
  • Campaign for Uyghurs     
  • Free Uyghur Now      
  • Justice for All      
  • Indian American Muslim Council  
  • U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO)   
    • American Muslim Alliance (AMA)   
    • American Muslim for Palestine (AMP)   
    • Baitulmaal for Relief and Development     
    • Burmese Rohingya Association of North America (BRANA)   
    • Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)   
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)   
    • Dar Alhijrah Islamic Center   
    • Downtown Islamic Center – Chicago (DIC)   
    • Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD)   
    • International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)   
    • Islamic Association of North America (IANA)   
    • Islamic Center of Chicago Western Suburbs (ICW)   
    • Islamic Center of Detroit (ICD)   
    • Islamic Community Center of Illinois (ICCI)   
    • Islamic Center of Naperville (ICN)   
    • Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)   
    • Islamic Leadership Council of New York   
    • Islamic Shura Council of Southern California (ISCSC)   
    • Mercy Without Limits (MWL)   
    • Mosque Foundation (MF)   
    • The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. D. Mohammed)   
    • Muslim American Society (MAS)   
    • Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)   
    • Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA)   
    • Muslim Forum of the Pacific Northwest (MFPNW)   
    • New York Majlis Ashura      
    • North America Imams Federation (NAIF)   
    • Together We Serve (TWS)   
    • United Muslim Relief (UMR)   
    • United Hands Relief (UHR)   

International Organizations:     

Justice and Liberties for All Committee (France)     

Muslim Council of Britain (England)     

Belgium Uyghur Association (Belgium)


The Telegraph revealed plans for the project in June.      

SEE: Hilton hotel to be built in Xinjiang after China demolishes Uyghur mosque      

CAIR had called on Hilton Worldwide to drop licensing agreement to build a Hampton Hotel on the site of the bulldozed mosque in the city of Hotan, China, but company officials have not responded to that demand.       

In July, CAIR applauded the chairs of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China calling on Hilton Worldwide President and CEO Christopher Nassetta to cancel the agreement to license the construction. CAIR also welcomed the Senate passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.        

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Congressional Commission on China Calling on Hilton to Drop Plan to License Hotel on Site of Demolished Uyghur Mosque     

TAKE ACTION: Demand Hilton Hotels to Drop China Project on Site of Bulldozed, Desecrated Uyghur Mosque        

In June, Amnesty International released a report describing China’s abuse of its Uyghur Muslim minority as a “dystopian hellscape.”           

SEE: CAIR Calls for ‘Immediate International Action’ After Amnesty Report Describes ‘Dystopian Hellscape’ for Uyghur Muslims in China           

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