(The Guardian) Unesco criticised over Equatorial Guinea-sponsored prize

(The Guardian) Unesco criticised over Equatorial Guinea-sponsored prize

David Smith July 17, 2012
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The UN scientific and cultural body has been condemned as 'shameful and irresponsible' for awarding the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea prize sponsored by Africa's longest-ruling president, Teodoro Obiang.

 

The UN's scientific and cultural body, Unesco, has been condemned as "shameful and utterly irresponsible" for awarding a prize sponsored by one of Africa's most authoritarian rulers.

The Unesco-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences was presented to three scientists at a ceremony in Paris on Tuesday.

The award is funded by a $3m (£1.9m) donation from Equatorial Guinea's president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the longest-serving leader in Africa following the death of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi.

 

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