Christopher J. Nassetta
7930 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102
Dear Mr. Christopher J. Nassetta,
We ask you to immediately stop the construction of the Hampton By Hilton hotel project in Hotan. Building a hotel on the site of a destroyed mosque is an insult to the 1.2 billion Muslims around the world.
The mosque was destroyed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Hotan, East Turkestan (known as Xinjiang), and Hilton Hotels is constructing a Hampton Inn Hotel on the sacred site. Since 2017, an estimated 16,000 mosques have been demolished or damaged by CCP. Mosques are protected under Chinese Law and under the United Nations Resolution L54, but this hasn’t stopped the CCP from destroying them.
According to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Religious Freedom, the destruction of religious sites is a violation of human rights.
You must be aware of the existence of Chinese concentration camps where 1-3 million Uyghurs and other Turkic people are detained, suffering from crimes against humanity, forced labor, and genocide in the Xinjiang region, the historic Eastern Turkestan, which like Tibet is occupied by China.
The United States, home of Hilton Worldwide Holdings, recognizes the Uyghur Genocide.
As reported by The Telegraph:
The site where a mosque once stood in the heart of Hotan in China’s Xinjiang region is now under construction to become a commercial tower block that will house a Hampton by Hilton hotel, the Telegraph can reveal.
Hilton claims in its human rights policy statement that it “recognizes that companies have a responsibility to respect human rights across their operations. Hilton Worldwide is committed to respecting human rights, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and endeavors to conduct business operations in a manner that is free from complicity in human rights abuses.”
Hilton must stand by its own principles and stop profiting from genocide.
Additionally, we demand that Hilton divests from the region as recommended by 220+ human, labor, and Uyghur rights organizations in the Coalition To End Uyghur Forced Labor.