(Science Insider) Scientists from South Africa, Egypt, and Mexico to Receive Controversial UNESCO Award Tomorrow

(Science Insider) Scientists from South Africa, Egypt, and Mexico to Receive Controversial UNESCO Award Tomorrow

Martin Enserink July 16, 2012
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Three researchers will be awarded the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize for Research in the Life Sciences on July 17 despite opposition to the award from a broad coalition of human rights organizations, scientists, and health experts.

A tumultuous and divisive episode at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is set to come to a conclusion tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. in Paris, when the U.N. agency plans to give three researchers an award for the life sciences sponsored by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the dictator of Equatorial Guinea. A broad coalition of human rights advocates, scientists, and health experts have fought until last week to prevent the ceremony from occurring. They say the award is an attempt by Obiang to buy credibility for his regime, which stands accused of human rights violations.

 

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