British media is reporting a coalition of more than 40 international Muslim advocacy groups has launched a global boycott of Hilton Hotels & Resorts. The boycott is intended to pressure the corporation over its refusal to end the construction of accommodation on the site of a bulldozed mosque in the Xinjiang province of China. According to a Yahoo UK article:
September 16, 2021 The boycott campaign comes after US politicians and rights groups issued calls in recent months for Hilton to pull out of the development. “Hilton should not allow its name to be used to perpetuate and promote the cultural erasure and repression of the millions of Uyghurs,” the bipartisan US Congressional-Executive Commission on China wrote in July to Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta.
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The article also states that the Chinese government has razed 16,000 mosques and altered or destroyed about 60 percent of the region’s Islamic sites. These include mosques and other sites of the Uyghur minority group which are being converted for use as a public toilet, reduced to bare ground, or paved over as car parks.
The boycott coalition includes several European and US Uyghur human rights groups as well as the following organizations tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB):
- Council on American-Islamic Relations, among the most important Muslim civil society organizations in the US, founded in 1994 by officers of the Islamic Association of Palestine, part of the US Hamas infrastructure at that time.
- Muslim Council of Britain, among Britain’s most influential Muslim organizations and historically been dominated by adherents of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami movement in the UK, usually acting in concert with the GMB.
- US Council of Muslim Organizations, an umbrella group of US Muslim organizations, comprised almost solely of elements of the GMB in the US.
On 8 September 2021, the coalition delivered a letter to Hilton headquarters in Virginia, giving the corporation one week to end the agreement to license the project’s construction. Hilton Hotels did not react publicly, ultimately triggering the boycott. On 16 October 2021, coalition members participated in an educational leafleting campaign informing about Chinese human rights violations that took place outside Hilton hotels in several major US cities, including in New York City, Washington, DC, Memphis, and Boston. In addition, the coalition has launched an online petition drive for the cause.
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