Speaking at a news conference held in front of the Hilton headquarters in Virginia, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization at the forefront of the initiative, said they had been "negotiating indirectly" with the hotel group. Their appeal to them to cancel the construction plan had gone "to no avail."
According to research by the Australian Strategic Policy institute, about 16,000 mosques in 900 Xinjiang locations were partially or completely destroyed between 2017 and 2020.
On Monday, the United Nations's rights chief Michelle Bachelet said that recent efforts to gain access to China's Xinjiang region to probe reports of serious violations against Muslim Uighurs have not succeeded, adding that she was finalizing a report on the situation.
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