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Korea grants Sri Lanka $10.96 million for tourism development despite human rights abuses

Korea will grant Sri Lanka $10.96 million US dollars for tourism development despite raised concerns over Sri Lanka’s human rights record.

This grant was revealed after a meeting between Korea’s ambassador, Heon Lee, and Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Minister of Industry, Export, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Aviation, Prasanna Ranatunga.

The Korean government promises to grant $5.6 million for development projects in Etanwala, Matale and a further $5.36 million to develop the Kuchchaveli Tourism Zone.

Lee noted during the meeting there has been a decrease in Korean tourism since the Easter Sunday bombing which killed over 250 people

Sri Lanka's tourism industry has already come under fire from human rights organisations around the globe, which has often supported the country's military.

Read more here: ‘Don’t holiday with war criminals’ – SL Campaign re-launches ethical tourism campaign

The government of Korea and Sri Lanka are planning to expand bilateral trading relations. 

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