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US Muslim urges Hilton to drop project on bulldozed Uyghur mosque

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 2, 2019: A Hilton Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
A Hilton Hotel sign [Alexander/Getty Images]

The largest Muslim advocacy organisation in the US urged Hilton Worldwide Holdings on Tuesday to drop plans to build a hotel on the site of a bulldozed mosque in China's Xinjiang region, Anadolu Agency reported.

The call by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) came after a report this week by the British daily The Telegraph that China is building a new commercial center, including an upscale Hilton Hotel, on the site where a mosque was initially demolished.

CAIR's National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said Hilton has a unique opportunity to take a clear stance against China's ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims and set an example for other prominent corporations.

People gather in Turkey to stage a protest against China's policies and human rights violations towards Uyghurs on 25 March 2021 [Eren Bozkurt/Anadolu Agency]

People gather in Turkey to stage a protest against China's policies and human rights violations towards Uyghurs on 25 March 2021 [Eren Bozkurt/Anadolu Agency]

"Hilton must stand on the right side of history by announcing it will cancel this project and cease any operations in the Uyghur region of China until its government ends its persecution of millions of innocent people," Mitchell said in a statement.

Since 2017, China has carried out massive and systematic abuses against Muslims living in Xinjiang.

China's alleged erosion of religious, cultural and human rights for more than 1 million ethnic Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang in the last decade has enraged western countries, prompting sanctions against Chinese officials and firms.

Officials are accused of putting Uyghurs in concentration camps which China defines as re-education and training centers. Beijing vehemently denies rights violations of its citizens.

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