(ScienceInsider) UNESCO Lawyers Challenge Controversial Obiang Prize

(ScienceInsider) UNESCO Lawyers Challenge Controversial Obiang Prize

Jop de Vrieze March 6, 2012
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With just days to go before the Executive Board of the UNESCO considers the fate of the controversial Obiang prize for life science research, an internal document has emerged that says that there are legal problems with implementing the honor in its current form.

With just days to go before the Executive Board of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) considers the fate of the controversial Obiang prize for life science research, an internal document has emerged that says that there are legal problems with implementing the honor in its current form. The prize is named after Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, long-time dictator of Equatorial Guinea, but its implementation was put on hold in 2010 following complaints from human rights and science groups. Now Maria Vicien-Milburn, director of UNESCO's legal office, says in a document passed to ScienceInsider by a critic of the prize that there are doubts over the source of money provided to institute the prize.

 

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