(Open Society Justice Initiative) UNESCO warned on Obiang Probe Risk

(Open Society Justice Initiative) UNESCO warned on Obiang Probe Risk

September 29, 2011
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The Open Society Justice Initiative and three other organizations have warned the board of Unesco that using funds for a proposed science prize honoring President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea risks involving the UN’s main educational and cultural body in ongoing criminal investigations into allegations of corruption.

The Open Society Justice Initiative and three other organizations have warned the board of Unesco that using funds for a proposed science prize honoring President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea risks involving the UN’s main educational and cultural body in ongoing criminal investigations into allegations of corruption.

The letter strongly urges Unesco’s board “to take no action on the prize that would include, encourage or in any way approve or foster the use or spending of monies forwarded to UNESCO to fund this prize until a thorough investigation can be completed to ensure that the prize funding does not represent proceeds of illicit or criminal activities.”

 

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