Two Democratic congressmen on Friday stepped up pressure on Airbnb over its business deal in China’s Xinjiang province and its sponsorship of next month’s Beijing Olympics. Letter To Brian Chesky, CEO of American Property Rental Company.
Sen. Jeff Merkle (D-Ore.) and Rep. James P. McGovern (D-Mass.), concerned chair and co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, questioned “Airbnb’s commitment to human rights.” Its business deals in Xinjiang, where the increasingly repressive treatment of the native Muslim Uighur population by the Chinese government has risen to the level of genocide in recent years, according to the US government,
an axios report good since last year, which found that Airbnb lists at least 14 properties on land owned by a paramilitary group approved by the US Treasury Department, and the company’s sponsorship Next month’s Winter Olympics in Beijing, which the US is diplomatically boycotting, were among Merkle and McGovern’s primary concerns.
Airbnb did not immediately respond Businesshala‘Request for comment.