Tutu Enters Fray on Nguema Prize

South African Nobel Peace laureate, Desmond Tutu, has joined a call by rights groups to abolish a UNESCO prize named after Equatorial Guinea's President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

Tutu has been quoted as saying that, “The UNESCO-Obiang prize is irreversibly tainted by its association with the repression and high-level corruption of President Obiang's government.”

He further states that giving the prize a different name does nothing to answer these concerns or remove doubts about the origins of the funds that finance the award.

Activists Against Nguema’s UN Prize

Human rights groups are urging the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to abandon a prize named after Africa's longest-ruling dictator, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, of Equatorial Guinea.

UNESCO board meets on 5 March 2012 to discuss the prize, which it accepted in 2008.

A chorus of outrage from around the world so far has delayed a decision on the prize that activists say should be quashed definitively.

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