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CAIR Encourages Hilton Shareholders to Seek Answers on Plan to License Hotel on Site of Demolished Uyghur Mosque in Advance of July 29 Call

(WASHINGTON D.C., 7/26/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on shareholders in Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide Holdings (NYSE: HLT) to seek answers regarding the corporation’s agreement to license the construction a hotel on the site of a bulldozed mosque in the Uyghur region of China.

Hilton plans to host report its second quarter earnings to shareholders on July 29th. Last month, The Telegraph revealed plans for the project. Hilton has reportedly not commented or responded to media inquiries regarding the project since then.

SEE: Q2 2021 Earnings Conference Call 

https://ir.hilton.com/events-and-presentations/2021/07-29-2021

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

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

“Major shareholders should call on Hilton Worldwide Holdings to explain why the company remains silent about its plan to license the establishment of a hotel on the site of a mosque that was destroyed as part of China’s ongoing and well-documented genocide of Uyghur Muslims,” said CAIR Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell. “American corporations must no longer be complicit in China’s genocide.”  

BACKGROUNDER: 

CAIR is calling on Hilton Worldwide Holdings to drop plans to build a hotel on the site of a mosque demolished by bulldozers in the city of Hotan in Xinjiang Province. 

Complicit: Hilton Must Cancel Plan to Build Hotel on Site of Bulldozed Uyghur Mosque in China  

CAIR has also welcomed the Senate passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.  

Last week, CAIR condemned a decision by Kodak to delete an Instagram post exposing the Chinese government’s repression of Uyghur Muslims and called on the company to restore the post to its Instagram account. 

SEE: CAIR Calls for Kodak to Immediately Restore Post with Photograph Highlighting Chinese Genocide of Uyghurs 

CAIR has called for immediate international action” following the June release of the Amnesty International 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      

Earlier this month, CAIR welcomed the inclusion of China in the 2021 U.S. Department of State Report to Congress Pursuant to Section 5 of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2018. 

That report says China is committing a genocide against the Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang Province and noted that President Biden has expanded the previous administration’s sanctions on Chinese officials, government entities, and companies involved in the genocide.   

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Inclusion of China, Myanmar in State Dept. Genocide Report, Calls for Rohingya Genocide Designation 

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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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