Look and Gaze,
In its top-ten ethical destinations, Ethical Traveler, a research branch of the Earth Island Institute based in San Francisco, said the nationalistic kingdom (Bhutan) is plagued by human rights issues.
“Travelers are often surprised that
Every year Ethical Traveler conducts a study of the world's developing nations focusing on three general categories -- environmental protection, social welfare, and human rights – and comes up with its top ten ethical countries.
For each of these categories, the Ethical Traveler looks at information of past and present so that its report captures not only the current state of a country, but its forward path. Travelers, the research organization believes, are serious about preserving their natural assets, promoting mindful travel, and building an economy in which local communities reap the benefits of tourist revenue. “Travel to these countries encourages such efforts, and inspires neighboring countries to support these values as well,” the report observes.
The report is largely based on the information provided by human rights watchdogs working in respective countries like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders.
“Every country has human rights issues-but it was important for us to see efforts being made towards improving known situations and the preservation of basic human rights for all,” said the organization.