Campaigns

Once a shining star on Ethical Traveler’s “Ethical Destinations” list, Costa Rica won acclaim for its policies promoting environmental protection, social welfare and human rights. But the popular destination was dropped from our list when it became one of the…
Campaign Against Shark-Finning in Costa Rica
Campaign Against Government-Sanctioned Human Trafficking in Malaysia
Burmese refugees who have fled for their lives to Malaysia because of religious and ethnic persecution in their homeland have not been recognized as Persons of Concern by the Malaysian government. Instead, they are “illegals”. Their basic human rights are…
Internationally, UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children are trafficked around the world each year, and 1.8 million children (mostly girls) are forced to sell their bodies. Peru has not been spared from this abhorrent form of slavery. The country’s fascinating…
Campaign Against Human Trafficking in Peru’s Sex Tourism Industry
Campaign Against Cambodian Child Sex Trafficking
Aside from its wonderful culture and magnificent Khmer ruins, Cambodia has become notorious for a much darker attraction. The country is a source, destination, and transit point for modern day slaves: men, women, and children sold into the sex trade.…
The island-state of Tasmania is home to the world’s tallest hardwood forests and the largest area of rainforest in Australia. Old growth trees standing as high as 300 feet provide crucial habitat to native animals, including rare and endangered species…
Future Remains Uncertain for Tasmania’s Old Growth Forests
Road Construction Threatens Tibet’s Sacred Mt. Kailas
Asia’s most sacred mountain stands in a remote corner of Western Tibet. Its name is Mount Kailas, its reputation legendary. To pilgrims of four religions – Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, and Bön – this 22,028-foot rock pyramid is the throne of…
The island communities of both Ecuador and Costa Rica are environmental wonders, drawing visitors from all over the world. And both are World Heritage Sites, ostensibly protected from destructive fishing or other reckless exploitation. Legal fishing already puts a severe…
Illegal Fishing in the Galapagos/Cocos Islands
The Tibetan Refugee Crisis

The Tibetan Refugee Crisis

launched 9 Jun 2003
In late May of 2003, Nepalese authorities in Kathmandu deported 18 Tibetan refugees who had fled over the Himalayas seeking human rights and religious freedom. International law, as well as a long-standing “gentlemen’s agreement,” dictates that such refugees are handed…