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Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet

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Response to Lonely Planet
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Published by: director2005 on Apr 12, 2013
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Berne, London, March 2013
Political exploitation of Lonely Planet regarding the human rightssituation in Sri Lanka
Dear Mr. StringerThank you for your answer. We appreciate your decision to includeongoing political and human rights issues in the Sri Lanka Today sectionof the next edition of the Lonely Planet. Furthermore, we acknowledgeyour intention to bring forward the publication date of the new edition.Can you tell us the new date, and whether it is now definitely fixed?We are aware that travellers visit a lot of countries with violentpolitical histories and regimes. However, your guidebooks to other suchcountries do at least mention the human rights situation there. And
SriLanka today is definitely ruled by an oppressive regime
 
as the latest
reports, “
We will teach you a lesson
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from Human Rights Watch and “
Sri
Lanka’s authoritarian t
urn
2
from the International Crisis Group,clearly prove.Further, we were deeply disappointed by
your sentence: “
We chose SriLanka for the amazing experiences that it can offer to travellers,separate from its current political situation
”.
Surely it isirresponsible to suggest that people should simply enjoy the beachwithout paying any attention to the atrocities happening a fewkilometres away?We would also like to draw your attention to the fact that
your work is being used for political ends whether you like it or not
. Your decisionto declare Sri Lanka the number one travel destination in 2013 has beenheavily exploited by the Sri Lankan government. A recent example is an
interview with Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner
in Australia, Admiral
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