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HRC 27 -- Statement Delivered Unter Item 6

Human Rights Watch regrets that the UPR indicates there has been no progress by the Equatorial Guinea government since its 2009 review. The many and serious concerns and valuable recommendations offered during this review closely correspond to…
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Equatorial Guinea Leader Failed in Bid for International Endorsement

(Paris) – The decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s executive board on October 4, 2011, to defer any action on a highly controversial life sciences prize named after and funded by President Teodoro Obiang…
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Equatorial Guinea Seeks to Resurrect UNESCO-Obiang Science Award

(New York) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization should reject a new bid to honor Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the president of Equatorial Guinea and now Africa's longest serving ruler, with a prize in his name, a group…
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The UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences is named after and financed by the brutal and corrupt dictator of the oil-rich West African country of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Human Rights…
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Board Acted Following Global Protest Over Award Financed by Equatorial Guinea’s Leader

(Paris) - UNESCO's decision announced on October 21, 2010, to suspend indefinitely a prize funded by and named after President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea followed a global outcry from scholars and human rights defenders, Human Rights Watch and…
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The UNESCO Executive Committee meeting at the organization's headquarters in Paris soon will have to make a decision about a very controversial Prize, the UNESCO-Teodoro Obiang Award for the protection of life. This prize is funded by Obiang, for 31 years…
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Executive Board Should Cancel Prize at October Meeting

(New York) - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization should cancel the Obiang Prize at its next session in October 2010, Human Rights Watch and 95 partner groups said in a letter sent to UNESCO Executive Board members today…
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Dear Members of the Executive Board: We understand that, as a result of a June 15 informational meeting held in Paris, the Executive Board will be addressing the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences at its…
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UN Values Under Threat

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), well known for deciding world heritages, is in the middle of a controversy surrounding a "dictator" prize. In 2008, UNESCO created an award called the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema…
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Prize Honoring Equatorial Guinea Leader Should Be Cancelled

(New York) - UNESCO's decision today to delay awarding a controversial prize named after and funded by the dictator of Equatorial Guinea is a positive initial step, civil society groups said. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural…
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Summary The UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences is named after and financed by the dictator of the oil-rich West African country of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who presides over an…
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Use June 15 Meeting to Quash Award Named for Corrupt Equatorial Guinea Leader

(New York) - The 58 countries on the governing executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) should block plans to award a life sciences prize financed by and named for the dictator of Equatorial Guinea…
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UNESCO-Obiang Science Prize Funded by Suspect Money from Equatorial Guinea Leader

*The joint NGO letter to UNESCO Director-General Bokova was updated to incorporate additional endorsements received by the end of the day on May 10, 2010. (New York) - The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is…
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Mr. President, Human Rights Watch recognizes that the UPR process for Equatorial Guinea represents a truly significant opportunity. If used well, it has the potential to improve the dire human rights situation for the population there. Unfortunately,…
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(Geneva) Several important resolutions censuring repressive governments may fail at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights this month, Human Rights Watch warned today. The U.N. body, now holding its annual six-week session in Geneva, will begin…