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EG Justice
September 30, 2011

A French court has ruled against Teodoro Obiang's libel suit against a NGO that accused him of corruption and labeled him a dictator. 

EG Justice
September 26, 2011

UNESCO should reject a new bid to honor Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the president of Equatorial Guinea and now Africa's longest serving ruler, with a prize in his name.

Martin Enserink
September 23, 2011

A year ago, human rights activists thought they had squashed a proposed United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO) prize in the life sciences that would honor Teodoro Obiang, the longtime dictator of Equatorial Guinea. But that celebration may have been premature. The controversial award is back on the agenda of UNESCO's Executive Board, which will meet in Paris next week—and this time, Obiang has the backing of the entire African Union (A.U.).

Reuters Africa
September 14, 2011

Four men sentenced to death after a summary trial in Equatorial Guinea on coup charges were executed the day after a team of U.N. human rights investigators left the country, one of the investigators said.

EG Justice
Joseph Kraus
September 27, 2011

The UNESCO-Obiang Prize, with the stated goal of recognizing “scientific achievements that improve the quality of human life,” is back on the agenda. The record of President Obiang’s regime, however, stands in sharp contrast to the lofty aims of the proposed prize, and UNESCO should reject it again.

International Business Publications, USA
September 1, 2011

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EG Justice
September 29, 2011

French police have seized 11 luxury cars in Paris belonging to the Obiang family as part of an ongoing corruption investigation. 

Open Society Policy Center
September 22, 2011

Panelists explored the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and its enforcement and discussed the potential consequences of the current efforts on Capitol Hill to amend the Act.

Reuters
Eric Kuoch
September 30, 2011

The Executive Board of UNESCO should consider whether it can afford to award a prize named in honor of President Obiang, under investigation for corruption and considered by many to be a dictator.

Pambazuka News
Tutu Alicante
September 29, 2011

Under pressure from campaigners, UNESCO last year rightly shelved a prize for research in the life sciences funded by Equatorial Guinea’s president of 32 years, the despotic Teodoro Obiang. Given Obiang's poor human rights record, why are African governments suddenly so eager to resuscitate the award, asks Tutu Alicante.

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