Recent reports revealed that Chinese authorities had torn down the mosque in the city of Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) and were planning to replace it with a large shopping center, including a Hampton, a hotel brand owned by Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
Huan Peng Hotel Management Company, Ltd. said the land on which the hotel is being built was purchased at a public auction by a local landowner in 2019.
Contacted by RFA’s Uyghur Service, a spokesperson for the hotel chain, who declined to be identified by name, said: “We are aware of the controversy, but I’m not able to give you a statement at this time.”
Robert S. McCaw, CAIR’s (Center of American-Islamic Relations) government affairs director, said that Hilton will be helping to cover up genocide if it does not stop the project. He also said that the U.S. government should investigate whether Hilton has violated the law.
As part of the process of wiping out Uyghur culture and religious identity, the Chinese state has destroyed or damaged about 16,000 of the more than 24,000 mosques.
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