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EG Justice and its partners welcomed UNESCO’s decision today to suspend, indefinitely, the prize funded by and named after President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea. The groups reaffirmed their call for UNESCO to ultimately abolish the award.

Independent global report reveals how Equatorial Guinea could improve transparency quickly with little cost or effort.

UNESCO should use this month’s executive board meeting to cancel its prize named after and funded by Teodoro Obiang, the president of Equatorial Guinea, said EG Justice and partner groups today.

EG Justice vehemently condemns the executions of Jose Abeso Nsue, Manuel Ndong Anseme, Alipio Ndong Asumu, and Jacinto Michá Obiang, carried out by the Equatoguinean government on August 21, 2010.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization should cancel the Obiang Prize at its next session in October 2010, EG Justice and 95 partner groups said in a letter sent to UNESCO Executive Board members today.

The latest five-point reform package announced in a speech by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema in South Africa on June 28 purported to outline major improvements for the country and followed several comparable statements delivered in Equatorial Guinea. This package should be seen as the Obiang regime’s response to the termination of its candidate status in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in April and as a tacit recognition that a harsh spotlight will continue to be put on its record of corruption and repression unless it can acknowledge the need for change.

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.

This weekend many African scholars, professionals, and individuals contacted UNESCO to express their opposition to the UNESCO-Obiang prize and call for its cancelation.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is set to award a life sciences prize named after and funded by the dictator of Equatorial Guinea, despite pleas from hundreds of outraged individuals and organizations around the world. Human rights and other civil society groups today called for a full investigation into the source of the money in a joint letter to UNESCO.

EITI Board’s ousting of Equatorial Guinea from the transparency initiative is an opportunity to build a broader coalition and intensify collaboration to promote transparency, good governance, and human rights.

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