Uyghur “genocide”, Airbnb questions Xinjiang business | Uyghur News

According to reports, since 2020, more than ten Airbnb listings in Xinjiang are owned by a company on the US sanctions list.

Two U.S. congressmen expressed concern about the commercial activities of the housing rental company Airbnb Inc in the United States. Xinjiang, ChinaWashington says Beijing is genocide of Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic groups.

Senator Jeff Merkley and Rep. James McGovern, the two Democrats serving as the chair and co-chair of the US Congress and Administration China Committee, sent a letter to Airbnb letter(PDF) Asked about its partial listing in Xinjiang and other issues.

Legislators stated that they are “questioning Airbnb’s commitment to human rights and anti-discrimination in China when it sponsors the Beijing Winter Olympics starting next month.”

“Although Airbnb continues to be listed in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, it has not publicly condemned the ongoing genocide or other harsh and systematic human rights violations against Chinese ethnic minorities,” the letter said, referring to Xinjiang Uyghurs. . autonomous region.

China denies infringements in Xinjiang.

Lawmakers quoted a report on the Axios website that more than ten Airbnb listings in Xinjiang are located on land owned by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), which was hit by sanctions by the US Treasury Department in 2020.

The operation freezes any American assets of the company and officials, and generally prohibits Americans from dealing with them.

The letter quoted the US State Department as saying that the XPCC is a paramilitary organization in Xinjiang that “directly participates in forced labor and possible other violations of human rights.”

The two lawmakers stated that Airbnb “continues to operate in a country where the law requires landlords to discriminate based on race, place of origin, or lack of a passport, and people of certain ethnicities may not be able to obtain a passport.”

Airbnb did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In 2019, the online housing rental company was also strongly criticized by Palestinian rights protection organizations. Continue listing rental properties Illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

In recent years, Xinjiang has become an important point of conflict between Western governments and China, because UN experts and human rights organizations estimate that more than one million people, mainly Uyghurs and members of other Muslim minorities, are detained in camps there. .

The Chinese Embassy in Washington on Friday again denied the existence of infringements in Xinjiang and stated that certain members of Congress had “repeatedly hyped up these issues and put pressure on the company”.

It claimed that some legislators “have malicious intent to hijack businesses with political conspiracies and suppress China on Xinjiang-related issues”.

Tuesday, Tesla is also criticized Following the announcement of the opening of a showroom in Xinjiang.

Under tremendous pressure from the U.S. Congress, President Joseph Biden signed a new law in December last year that prohibits products manufactured in Xinjiang for alleged violations of human rights.

The law requires suppliers to first prove that their products are not manufactured using forced labor, thereby almost completely banning imports from Xinjiang. Xinjiang is a large supplier of cotton and solar panels.

China calls the US behavior “economic bullying”Beijing has also imposed sanctions on four members of the US Government’s International Religious Freedom Committee in retaliation for the punishment of Chinese officials on the Xinjiang issue.