(RFI) Controversial Equatorial Guinea prize adopted by Unesco

(RFI) Controversial Equatorial Guinea prize adopted by Unesco

Laura Angela Bagnetto March 9, 2012
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The UN’s educational, scientific and cultural agency, has adopted the resolution and ratified the award of a controversial prize despite long-standing criticism from rights groups.

 

The UN’s educational, scientific and cultural agency, has adopted the resolution and ratified the award of a controversial prize despite long-standing criticism from rights groups. Unesco on Friday adopted the resolution and called for the organisation’s director general Irina Bokova to award a science prize funded by the president of Equatorial Guinea.

The resolution was passed on Thursday by 33 of the 58 member states and called for the prize to be renamed - to refer to Equatorial Guinea rather than its president - causing an outcry not only among human rights groups, but among the 19 dissenting members of the board.

 

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