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CAIR Welcomes Reports that Biden Administration will Blacklist More Chinese Companies Linked to Uyghur Muslim Genocide

  • CAIR continues to call on Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide Holdings (HTL) to drop plans to build a Hilton Hotel in XUAR on the site of a bulldozed and desecrated mosque.    
  • CAIR continues to urge Congress to adopt the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/9/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is welcoming a report from Reuters that the U.S. Department of Commerce plans to as early as today “add more than 10 Chinese companies to its economic blacklist over alleged human rights abuses and high-tech surveillance” of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). 

Last month, the Biden Administration added five Chinese companies to the Department of Commerce’s entity list for participating in China’s campaign of forced labor against Muslims in XUAR. 

So far, the U.S. government has blacklisted 53 parties from China that are specifically implicated in human rights abuses of ethnic Muslim minorities from XUAR – with 15 of these companies being implicated in human rights abuses related to forced labor of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities. 

“CAIR welcomes the Biden administration’s continued blacklisting of Chinese companies complicit in China’s ongoing genocide, surveillance and forced labor of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities in Xinjiang,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw. “American companies and consumers should be protected from aiding and abetting China’s genocide and cultural erasure of Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Chinese companies participating in the Uyghur genocide have no business engaging in the American market.” 

CAIR welcomed the initial 2019 U.S. blacklisting of 28 Chinese surveillance, artificial intelligence and other technology companies that were allegedly being used to repress Uyghur and other Muslim minority groups in China. 

In addition to blocking imports from these companies, U.S. companies are barred from selling technology to companies placed on the Commerce Department’s Entity List without first seeking government approval.


CAIR is currently calling on Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide Holdings (HTLto drop plans to build a Hilton Hotel in XUAR on the site of a bulldozed and desecrated mosque.     

Last month, The Telegraph reported that China is building a new commercial center—including a luxury Hilton Hotel— on a plot of land where a mosque was initially bulldozed and desecrated.     

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

SEE: CAIR Op-Ed: Complicit: Hilton Must Cancel Plan to Build Hotel on Site of Bulldozed Uyghur Mosque in China 


CAIR is also calling on Congress to support the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (H.Res.129/S.65). The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act is a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the importation of goods made with forced labor in China’s XUAR by Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic ethnic minorities.    

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act would create a “rebuttable presumption” that any goods made in XUAR are made with forced labor and prohibited from entering the United States unless “clear and convincing” evidence is shown to the contrary.    

TAKE ACTION: Urge Congress to Pass the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act 

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     

CAIR also welcomed the Biden administration’s formal United States’ recognition that the government of China is committing “genocide and crimes against humanity” against Uyghur Muslim and other Turkic minorities in XUAR.      

SEE: CAIR Welcomes U.S. Formal Recognition of China Committing ‘Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity’ Against Uyghur Muslims, Other Turkic Minorities    

In March of this year, CAIR and Free Uyghur Now hosted the “Call It Genocide” Uyghur Muslim rights rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., urging the U.S. government to formally recognize China’s genocide of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities.      

Video: CAIR Co-Sponsors #CallItGenocide Uyghur Muslim Rights Rally at Chinese Embassy in D.C. 

Full Rally Video: #CallItGenocide Uyghur Muslim Rights Rally at Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. 

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at #CallItGenocide Uyghur Rights Rally at China Embassy in DC     

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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,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,   

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