(WASHINGTON D.C., 1/25/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today urged all Americans to contact U.S.-based corporations advertising during the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics and urge them to speak out against the ongoing genocide targeting China’s Uyghur Muslim minority.
ACTION ALERT: Urge China Olympics Advertisers Coca-Cola, Intel, Visa, Others to Speak Out Against Uyghur Genocide
[NOTE: The Olympics are set to begin on Feb. 4. CAIR welcomed a U.S. diplomatic boycott of the games over human rights concerns.]
CAIR is urging members of the public to contact Coca-Cola, Intel, Airbnb, Procter & Gamble, and Visa to express their outrage about the corporations’ apparent lack of concern about China’s genocidal actions. Those same advertisers were grilled last July by the Congressional Executive Committee on China about their role in the Beijing Olympics.
“The ‘adwashing’ of China’s genocide violates the Olympic Charter, the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the past public commitments to social responsibility made by these same corporations,” said CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell.
Mitchell noted that the Olympic Charter states in part that sport should preserve “human dignity” and adds that, “The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Olympic Charter shall be secured without discrimination of any kind.”
He said CAIR last week supported a call by U.S. lawmakers for the U.N. to release a report on Xinjiang Province, where the Chinese government is conducting a genocide against Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities.
CAIR also called on foreign athletes participating in the Beijing Olympics to defy China’s announced ban on political expression and speak out against that nation’s genocide targeting the Uyghur Muslim minority.
Washington, D.C., based CAIR condemned remarks by Chamath Palihapitiya, a minority owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, saying “nobody cares what’s happening to the Uyghurs.”
It is well documented that China carries out acts of torture, rape, forced abortions and sterilizations, mass detention, denial of religious rights, and cultural erasure targeting Uyghur Muslims.
SEE: CAIR Calls for ‘Immediate International Action’ After Amnesty Report Describes ‘Dystopian Hellscape’ for Uyghur Muslims in China
Earlier this month, CAIR called on Elon Musk to close a recently-opened Tesla showroom in China’s Xinjiang region, epicenter of the Uyghur genocide.
SEE: CAIR Calls on Elon Musk to Close Tesla Showroom in China’s Xinjiang Region, Epicenter of Uyghur Genocide
In December, CAIR welcomed President Biden’s signing of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (S.65/H.R.1155) into law. CAIR also welcomed new sanctions by the Biden administration on several Chinese government entities and corporations over abuses they committed against Uyghur Muslims and other minorities.
SEE: BREAKING: CAIR Welcomes President Biden’s Signing of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Into Law
CAIR Welcomes New Biden Administration Sanctions on Chinese Govt. Entities, Companies Over Abuses in Uyghur Region
Earlier in 2021, CAIR and its #BoycottHilton coalition partners called on the Departments of State and Commerce to investigate the Hilton Corporation for its complicity in the Uyghur genocide.
SEE: #BoycottHilton Coalition Asks Secs. Antony Blinken, Gina Raimondo to Probe Hilton Worldwide, Chinese Partner for Complicity in Uyghur Genocide
SIGN THE PETITION TO BOYCOTT HILTON: change.org/BoycottHilton
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.
Become a Fan of CAIR on Facebook
Subscribe to CAIR’s Email List
Subscribe to CAIR’s Twitter Feed
Subscribe to CAIR’s YouTube Channel
Follow CAIR on Instagram
Donate to CAIR
Do you like reading CAIR press releases and taking part in our action alerts? You can help contribute to CAIR’s work of defending civil rights and empowering American Muslims across the country by making a one-time contribution or becoming a monthly donor. Supporters like you make CAIR’s advocacy work possible and defeating Islamophobia an achievable goal. Click here to donate to CAIR.
If you would like join CAIR’s media list, please sign up here: https://action.cair.com/a/newsletters — For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, CC email@example.com
CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, firstname.lastname@example.org