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

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/15/21) – On Thursday, September 16, 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, plans to hold 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.     

At the news conference, representatives of Uyghur groups and some of the 40 other organizations that are co-sponsoring the boycott plan to speak.     

WHAT: CAIR Press Conference in D.C. to Announce Worldwide Boycott of Hilton Over Plan for Hotel on Site of Bulldozed Mosque in China     

WHEN: Thursday, September 16, 11:30 a.m. ET     

WHERE: Outside The Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036     

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com      

LIVESTREAM: https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational     

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)

BACKGROUNDER:     

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           

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.             

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.         

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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