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CAIR Supports Lawmakers’ Call for U.N. to Release Report on Xinjiang Ahead of Beijing Olympics 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 1/19/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today 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. 

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-O) and Representative James McGovern (D-MA) on Tuesday called on U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to release the report, saying doing so would “reaffirm the fact that no country is beyond scrutiny or above international law.”  

SEE: US Congress urges UN release Xinjiang report before Beijing Olympics

In a statement, CAIR Deputy Executive Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said: 

“History is repeating itself. The Chinese Communist Party has imprisoned millions of Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps, where they are subjected to forced labor, rape, sterilization, and other human rights violations. China must be held accountable for these crimes against humanity. The United Nations should release its report detailing the Chinese government’s abuses as soon as possible and before the Beijing Olympics.” 

Mitchell noted that last month, CAIR welcomed the Biden administration’s announcement of a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.  

SEE: BREAKING: CAIR Welcomes Biden Administration’s Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics 

He also noted that this week, 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.”  

SEE: CAIR Condemns NBA Golden State Warriors Owner Saying He Doesn’t Care About China’s Genocide Targeting Uyghur Muslims, Calls on NBA to Sever Ties with China 

Last week, CAIR, Free Uyghur Now, and over 70 other organizations petitioned the Saudi and Moroccan governments not to deport three Uyghurs to China. CAIR and partners also requested Secretary of State Antony Blinken to grant asylum to them. 

SEE: CAIR, Free Uyghur Now Join 70+ Groups in Calling on Moroccan, Saudi Governments Not to Deport Uyghurs to China 

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.   

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.   

#BoycottHilton Coalition Asks Secs. Antony Blinken, Gina Raimondo to Probe Hilton Worldwide, Chinese Partner for Complicity in Uyghur Genocide 

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.”        

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, 

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