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How Can Tourism Contribute to Human Rights? A Presentation and Feedback Session with Justice Travel

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Avenue Northwest Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)

Join your fellow global travelers at the Hub for drinks and a presentation from Justice Travel, a young startup social enterprise which bridges tourism and human rights that is seeking feedback on their new venture.

Tourism and human rights are rarely considered in the same breath, but in reality they co-exist side by side. Many of the countries and regions where tourism is growing fastest also suffer from grave human rights violations: forced disappearances and displacements, murders of journalists and human rights defenders, and widespread violence against women and LGBT communities, among too many other disturbing trends. We've come to expect that tourism will not harm the local environment - so-called 'sustainable tourism' - but are we asking too little of a $1.2 trillion dollar a year industry? What would a pro-justice version of tourism look like?

Justice Travel would like to discuss:

1. Does tourism have a responsibility to local communities beyond 'do no harm'?

2. Are there specific human rights issues that have more (or less) clear linkages to tourism?

3. What are the potential challenges of linking tourism and human rights?

Presenter: Gabriel Tobias

Gabriel is the founder of Justice Travel, a social enterprise which bridges tourism and human rights. He spent ten years managing international development projects, ranging from urban violence in Guatemala City to local governance in the Western Sahara. He is a graduate of McGill University and Oxford Brookes University.