Tesla is being asked to close a newly opened showroom in China’s northwestern region called Xinjiang. The request comes from an American community trying to remind the electric car maker about the exploitation and abuse of Muslim ethnic minorities in that region.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an American organization based in Washington, DC, issued a statement asking Tesla to withdraw from the area because of its mistreatment of the Uighur Muslim minority.
“No American corporation should do business in an area that is the focus of a campaign of genocide targeting a religious and ethnic minority,” said CAIR’s director of national communications Ibrahim Hooper. “Elon Musk and Tesla should close this new showroom and stop the amount of economic support for the carnage.”
Tesla opened a new showroom in Urumqi on Friday last week. The company put out a social media post on China’s largest social media platform Weibo. The post read, “Let’s start the full electric journey of Xinjiang!”
Last month, CAIR welcomed the signing of the Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act into law by US President Joe Biden. CAIR also welcomed new sanctions by the Biden administration over the abuses committed against Uighur Muslims and other minorities on several Chinese government entities and corporations.
According to the statement, CAIR recently called on the public not to make reservations at Hilton hotels after that corporation had been granted a hotel license on the site of a mosque demolished by the Chinese government in the Uyghur region.
Tesla has yet to respond to the request. The Chinese government wants the electric car maker to stick to the government’s official position on the matter. Tesla’s increasing investment in the Chinese market may also prevent the company from acting on CAIR’s demands.
The US also barred the import of goods from Xinjiang unless they could be shown that they were not made by forced labor.
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