UN suspends award sponsored by Equatorial Guinea leader

BBC | 21 October 2010 | 11:29 GMT

A United Nations agency has suspended plans to grant a prize sponsored by Equatorial Guinea President Teodor Obiang Nguema.

UNESCO said its executive board agreed to suspend the life sciences prize. It said it would continue consultations on the award’s future.

Rights groups had urged UNESCO to abandon the prize, accusing Mr Obiang of abuses, rigging elections and corruption. He has previously denied such charges.

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