(AFP) Rights groups denounce 'shameful' UNESCO E.Guinea prize

(AFP) Rights groups denounce 'shameful' UNESCO E.Guinea prize

July 16, 2012
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Rights groups on Monday denounced UNESCO's plans to award a science prize financed by Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema as "shameful" and "utterly irresponsible".

Rights groups on Monday denounced UNESCO's plans to award a science prize financed by Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema as "shameful" and "utterly irresponsible".

The UN culture and science body is due to award the prize at a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday, but rights groups and Western nations have condemned the award because of accusations that Obiang rules with an iron grip and heads a government festering with corruption.

"UNESCO's decision to issue a controversial prize sponsored by (Obiang)... is disappointing and irresponsible," seven rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, Global Witness, ONE and EG Justice, said in a statement.

 

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