Hilton faces the boycott after refusing to stop constructing a hotel on the site of the Uyghur mosque destroyed by China.
Uyghurian, Sep19, 2021
The representatives of More than 40 Muslim-American civil rights organizations and Uyghur organizations gathered in front of a Hilton Hotel in DC to announced a boycott of Hilton Worldwide on Thursday.
The boycott responds to the company's adamant plan to build a hotel on the site of an Uyghur mosque bulldozed by authorities in the Uyghur region, where China detained over 3 million people in concentration camps.
Hotan is an Uyghur prefecture in the south of the Uyghur region with the highest proportion of Uyghurs (96.41%), and the city town is believed as the heart of the Uyghur religious population.
According to RFA News, the Chinese government has imprisoned most Uyghur men of the prefecture since 2017.
"This is personal for me; I am from Hotan City, where Hilton is building a hotel in place of the demolished mosque by the CCP. China is conducting a war on religion, especially on our faith, Islam. It is up to humanity to stand up with its moral principles and defend freedom. We need to hold China and those corporations which are complicit with the Uyghur Genocide accountable!" said Ablikim Idris, the Attorney General of World Uyghur Congress.
"Today, we are announcing a global boycott campaign against Hilton," Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR, said. The CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization – stated in its press release that it "announces a worldwide boycott of Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) over that corporation's refusal 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. "
Rushan Abbas, the executive director of Campaign for Uyghurs, said, "If we are going to put an end to this genocide, we must start by making it socially and politically unacceptable to engage in operations like this. We must tell Hilton, the CCP, and the world that no longer will it be "business as usual." How could we? Our mosques are turned into nightclubs, pig styes or are simply knocked down to make room for new developments like this Hilton Hotel. This is a war against Islam, a war against free thought and democracy, and those who profit from it are complicit."
According to research conducted by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, about 16,000 mosques in 900 locations were partially or totally destroyed between 2017 and 2020.
" said Omer Kanat, director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project and Executive Committee Chairman.