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Voice of America
November 15, 2011

Human rights groups are questioning the validity of Sunday's referendum in Equatorial Guinea, which officials say resulted in near unanimous support for proposed constitutional reforms.

November 14, 2011

Equatorial Guinea's proposed constitutional changes are on course to be approved after virtually all the results from 60 percent of the polling stations were in favour, according to a government statement on Monday.

Slate Afrique
June 9, 2011

The luxurious city of Sipopo, built to host the African Union Summit, is an example of the misplaced priorities of the Obiang regime, according to human rights groups.

The Sydney Morning Herald
June 9, 2011

 Equatorial Guinea has built a multimillion-dollar deluxe ''city'' to host African leaders while the majority of its people live in dire poverty.

The Guardian
David Smith
June 7, 2011

Human rights groups call Sipopo complex a 'misplaced priority' in a country where majority of population live in poverty

October 5, 2011

UNESCO has once again announced it will not reinstate a life sciences prize funded by and named after Africa's longest-serving dictator, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea.

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.

Open Society Justice Initiative
September 29, 2011

The Open Society Justice Initiative and three other organizations have warned the board of Unesco that using funds for a proposed science prize honoring President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea risks involving the UN’s main educational and cultural body in ongoing criminal investigations into allegations of corruption.

Science and Development Network
Yojana Sharma
October 5, 2011

research prize named after Equatorial Guinea's president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo — and funded by him to the tune of US$3 million — will remain suspended.

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