The U.S.-based Hilton hotel company has developed a project to build a hotel on the site of a former Uighur mosque recently demolished by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in China’s western Xinjiang region.
A recent report published by The Telegraph denounced that a local landowner in Xinjiang bought in 2019 at a public auction the land on which a large shopping mall, including the Hilton hotel, will be built.
A Chinese company called Huan Peng Hotel Management Company, Ltd. signed a contract with the unnamed landowner in August 2020 to develop a Hampton hotel, a brand owned by the Hilton firm.
ONCE AGAIN, the CCP’s actions highlight the extent to which the perversity of a regime that aims to destroy any ideology or spiritual and religious belief above the Party structure can reach.
The CCP will seek to achieve its objectives by eliminating the bodies of the persecuted and their symbols, as is the case of a mosque, identified by Muslims as a sacred place of worship.
But in the face of these situations, in addition to exposing the maximum responsible party, the CCP, it is also important to highlight the role of those Western sectors that function as accomplices of the outrages of the Chinese communist regime. In this case, the Hilton hotel chain, which decided to get involved in such a controversial project.
This is why the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim human rights organization in the United States, along with several other organizations, have asked Hilton Hotels to withdraw its participation in the commercial operation aimed at building a shopping mall in Hotan, Xinjiang, on the site where the Duling Mosque was demolished.
It should be noted that the site of a mosque remains a sacred site for Muslims even after its demolition.
CAIR’s request was via a letter sent by its deputy director Edward Ahmed Mitchell on June 15, addressed to Christopher Nassetta, CEO of Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide, requesting the company to:
“Stand on the right side of history by announcing that Hilton will be canceling this project and ceasing all operations in the Uighur region of China until its government ends its persecution of millions of innocent people.” He claimed that developing such a development in a place where genocide is taking place is an immoral and illegal act.
In January, the Trump administration’s U.S. State Department confirmed that abuses in the region were part of a campaign of genocide. Following in the same vein, the parliaments of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Lithuania have passed motions finding that China’s policies in Xinjian constitute genocide.
According to allegations, CCP authorities are estimated to have detained at least 1.8 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in a vast network of forced labor camps since early 2017. The regime acknowledged the existence of these sites, although it says they are vocational training centers to combat radicalism and prepare young Uyghurs for employment and stridently rejects proven accusations of genocide.
The Chinese regime is also accused of persecuting other religious minorities, such as Christians and practitioners of the Falun Gong is a spiritual practice of the Buddha school, persecuted by the CCP for pursuing the principles of Truth Compassion and Tolerance.
More than 100 million practitioners are persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, with thousands killed after having their organs removed for illegal transplants.