(All Africa) Pull Obiang Prize - Executive Board Should Cancel Prize At October Meeting

(All Africa) Pull Obiang Prize - Executive Board Should Cancel Prize At October Meeting

August 11, 2010
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An article that highlights the campaign by human rights organizations to pressure UNESCO to cancel the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization should cancel the Obiang Prize at its next session in October 2010, Human Rights Watch and 95 partner groups said in a letter sent to UNESCO Executive Board members today.

At its last meeting, on June 15, UNESCO agreed to delay the prize to allow for further consultation, following a public outcry from a diverse group of scientists, health professionals, press freedom advocates, and rights groups around the world.

A total of 96 nongovernmental organizations from 6 continents - including 25 from Africa - signed the August 12 letter.

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