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

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/8/21) – Representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Uyghur Human Rights Project, Free Uyghur Now, America Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and the Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice (ICNA-CSJ) today delivered a letter to Hilton Worldwide Headquarters (NYSE: HLT) in McLean, Va., giving that corporation one week 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 or face a global boycott. 

An international coalition of Uyghur groups, Muslim advocacy organizations and human rights groups in the United States and other nations has been formed to campaign for a boycott of Hilton if the corporation does not withdraw from the project by next week. Delivery of that letter comes after several months of communication with Hilton, which so far refused to cancel the project in China.  

READ THE COALITION’S LETTER:  

https://www.cair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/HiltonLetter.pdf

WATCH VIDEO OF DELIVERY:  

PHOTOS (Photos and video are free for use with attribution.) 

https://www.facebook.com/CAIRNational/posts/10158632029247695

BACKGROUNDER:   

The Telegraph revealed plans for the project on the site of the bulldozed mosque in June.    

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

CAIR privately and publicly called on Hilton Worldwide to drop a licensing agreement to build a Hampton Hotel on the site of the mosque, but company officials have not met 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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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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