Mexico: Sheraton hotel orders all members of official Cuban delegation to leave - Govt. launches investigation that may lead to legal action on discrimination grounds

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Author: Alfredo Mendez, Gabriel Leon, La Jornada [México]

Tres magistrados federales ampararon al hotel María Isabel Sheraton [parte de Starwood] luego de determinar que no estuvieron "fundadas y motivadas" las inspecciones y clausura que el Gobierno del Distrito Federal (GDF) aplicó contra de esa empresa, como sanción al supuesto acto de discriminación en que incurrió la firma estadunidense por haber expulsado, el 3 de febrero de 2006, a una delegación de 16 funcionarios y ciudadanos cubanos...[L]os juzgadores ampararon al hotel Sheraton en virtud de que la instancia gubernamental capitalina únicamente se valió de reportes emitidos por diversos medios de comunicación, para intentar demostrar que un grupo de funcionarios cubanos fueron discriminados, pero no aportó mayores probanzas jurídicas encaminadas a consolidar el argumento de la supuesta violación a los derechos individuales de los extranjeros.

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8 February 2006

Mexican standoff over hotel expulsions

Author: Lisa Adams, Associated Press

The Mexican government has launched a broad investigation that could lead to fines against a US-owned hotel [Hotel Maria Isabel Sheraton (part of Starwood Hotels)] if officials conclude that it expelled Cuban guests because of their nationality or because of pressure from Washington...Sheraton Hotel officials declined to comment.

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Author: EFE

El hotel Sheraton de Ciudad de México, que el viernes pasado expulsó de sus instalaciones a 16 funcionarios cubanos, dijo hoy que su política es "no discriminar" a ninguna persona "a causa de su nacionalidad"...la cancillería mexicana anunci[ó] hoy el inició de un proceso legal sobre la expulsión de los funcionarios cubanos de ese hotel...

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7 February 2006

Mexico and Cuba Protest Hotel's Expulsion of Havana Delegation

Author: James C. McKinley Jr., New York Times

Mexico and Cuba criticized the United States on Monday for demanding that the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel [part of Starwood] here [Mexico City] order a group of Cuban officials, who were meeting last week with representatives of American oil companies, to check out of the hotel and leave the premises...The hotel told the Cuban representatives to leave...the Mexican foreign minister...said the idea that a United States law was being enforced on Mexican soil was troubling. He said the government would take action against the hotel if it proved true...a spokesman for the Mexico City government, said the hotel's owners could be prosecuted under several Mexican laws that ban discrimination based on national origin or ideology. "There are laws, federal as well as local, that obligate service providers to provide those services in a general manner, without any discriminatory attitudes," he said. [also refers to ExxonMobil, Valero Energy]

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