(TrustLaw) UNESCO rejects Equatorial Guinea prize again

(TrustLaw) UNESCO rejects Equatorial Guinea prize again

Luke Balleny October 5, 2011
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Tuesday deferred any action on reinstating a prize funded by the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, due to international concern about the country’s poor human rights record.

 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Tuesday deferred any action on reinstating a prize funded by the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, due to international concern about the country’s poor human rights record.

UNESCO suspended the $3-million Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences in October 2010, after global condemnation of the award. The government of Equatorial Guinea petitioned to have the prize reinstated in May, but their plea fell on deaf ears. This week’s deferral is the third time in a year that the UNESCO executive board has refused to come to a decision as to the future of the prize.

 

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