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Quechua indigenous group vs. Marriott International

Case overview

Date filed 14 December 2018
Current status Presentado
Issue Destruction of Peruvian archeological site by Marriott
Summary of the case An indigenous group in Peru has filed the first ever Quechua language complaint to the Peruvian NCP against Marriott International Inc. The complaint alleges that Marriott International Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Starwood Hotels & Resorts has destroyed an ancient Inka temple, exhumed human remains from an attached cemetery, and conducted unauthorized excavations in an archaeological site in order to build a hotel of the Marriott family of hotels. The complainants request that Marriott withdraw from the hotel project and return all Inkan artifacts removed during the construction. The complainants further ask for the reconstruction and restoration of the Inka site where the hotel is being built.
Developments/Outcome On 18 February 2019, the Peruvian NCP admitted the complaint for consideration. The complainants are currently awaiting the initial assessment by the NCP.
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NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Peru
NCP address Lima, Peru
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Company Information

Company responsible Marriott International Inc.
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Company in violation Marriott International Inc.
Country of operations Peru
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Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
14 December 2018 Quechua people presentar Complaint filed at Peruvian NCP - Spanish download pdf (557Kb)  
14 December 2018 Quechua people presentar Complaint filed at Peruvian NCP - Quechua download pdf (568Kb)  

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