(Panapress) 'UNESCO must reject President Mbasogo prize'

(Panapress) 'UNESCO must reject President Mbasogo prize'

September 27, 2011
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Nine human rights organizations released a statement calling on UNESCO to reject a new bid to honor President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo with a prize in his name.

UNESCO should reject a new bid to honour President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea and now Africa's longest serving ruler, with a prize in his name, a group of nine human rights organizations said in a statement obtained by PANA here Tuesday.

“UNESCO should not honor President Obiang,” said Tutu Alicante, of the nongovernmental human rights organization EG Justice. “If he wishes to fund science and education around the world, he should start with his own country, where many still lack basic services such as electricity and clean water, while the president and his family flaunt an extravagant lifestyle that is the subject of legal investigations around the world.”

 

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