Kuta in Lombok, where a UN report says villagers were evicted to build a motorcycle racing circuit as part of a “new Bali” tourism development. Photo: Shutterstock Kuta in Lombok, where a UN report says villagers were evicted to build a motorcycle racing circuit as part of a “new Bali” tourism development. Photo: Shutterstock
Kuta in Lombok, where a UN report says villagers were evicted to build a motorcycle racing circuit as part of a “new Bali” tourism development. Photo: Shutterstock
Mercedes Hutton
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Destinations known by Mercedes Hutton

Welcome to Indonesia’s ‘new Bali’ – site of alleged human rights abuses

  • A United Nations rapporteur has called out businesses for involvement in a tourism development on Lombok for which he says villagers were forcibly evicted
  • Local authorities and police denied to the BBC there had been any land grabs, and multilateral development bank finds no evidence of ‘alleged coercion’

Kuta in Lombok, where a UN report says villagers were evicted to build a motorcycle racing circuit as part of a “new Bali” tourism development. Photo: Shutterstock Kuta in Lombok, where a UN report says villagers were evicted to build a motorcycle racing circuit as part of a “new Bali” tourism development. Photo: Shutterstock
Kuta in Lombok, where a UN report says villagers were evicted to build a motorcycle racing circuit as part of a “new Bali” tourism development. Photo: Shutterstock
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Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton

Mercedes Hutton is a Hong Kong-based journalist. She joined the Post in 2018, where she writes about culture, the environment and history for Post Magazine, and covers travel and tourism in Asia in a weekly column, Destinations Known.