(BBC) Unesco Equatorial Guinea Obiang Nguema prize 'shameful'

(BBC) Unesco Equatorial Guinea Obiang Nguema prize 'shameful'

July 16, 2012
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Human rights groups have denounced plans by a UN agency to award a science prize sponsored by Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

 

Human rights groups have denounced plans by a UN agency to award a science prize sponsored by Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

The groups said such move by the UN scientific and cultural agency (Unesco) would be "irresponsible" and "shameful".

Unesco is expected to award the $3m (£1.9m) prize fund in Paris on Tuesday.

Mr Obiang is accused of rights abuses, rigging elections and corruption. The West African leader denies the charges.

 

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