PARIS — UNESCO’s governing board voted for the UN’s educational body to go ahead with a controversial prize financed by Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, UNESCO said. Rights groups as well as Western nations are opposed to the prize, worth three million dollars and created in 2008, because of accusations that Obiang rules with an iron grip and heads a government marked by corruption.
The UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences would recognize scientists for improving the quality of human life. President Obiang, on the other hand, is best known as the leader of one of the most corrupt, oppressive, and undemocratic countries in the world. Read below this open letter to Members of the Executive Board of UNESCO (The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization) which calls on them to reject the ‘Prize’.