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Eric Kuoch

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

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

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.

EG Justice
Joseph Kraus

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.


Nine human rights organizations released a statement calling on UNESCO to reject a new bid to honor President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo with a prize in his name.

Associated Press

Human rights groups say the U.N. cultural organization should reject a new bid to honor Equatorial Guinea's president with a prize in his name.

Martin Enserink

The controversial UNESCO-Obiang Prize for Research in the Life Sciences is back on the agenda of UNESCO's Executive Board, and this time, Obiang has the backing of the entire African Union.

The Future in Our Hands
Sigurd Jorde

The Norwegian oil services company Aker received criticism for opening a new office in Equatorial Guinea, a country notorious for its corruption and lack of transparency.

EG Justice
Tutu Alicante

President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea supplants Qaddafi as Africa's longest-serving leader. Their longevity in power is not their only similarity. 

Jesse Hamilton

By requiring companies to open the books on payments to dictators, Dodd-Frank may help curb corruption in countries like Equatorial Guinea. 

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