EG Justice's Open Letter to UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova

EG Justice's Open Letter to UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova

June 13, 2010
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In anticipation of Tuesday´s meeting of UNESCO´s Executive Board, we write to share with you the attached petition, which includes the signatures of many African critics of the UNESCO‐Obiang Prize. Particularly in light of the recent statement made by the Equatoguinean government – which falsely labels organizations opposed to the creation of the prize as “racist” and “colonialist” – we feel it is very important that the Board be aware of the views of many Africans who are deeply concerned about the UNESCO‐Obiang prize. We hope you will convey the concerns raised in this petition to the Executive Board, so that the relevant delegates can reflect on a possible way forward.

As the attached documents make clear, the nearly 250 of individual scholars, professional, and citizens who signed the petition, among which are many of my fellow Equatoguineans as well as citizens of fifteen other African countries, are deeply disappointed about the creation of the UNESCO‐Obiang prize. 

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