UNESCO: Prizes

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered at on 10 June 2010.

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Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Conservative, Worthing West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will request the members of the Regional Electoral Group, representing the UK's interests on the UNESCO Executive Board, to press the Board to assess the human rights record of the Government of Equatorial Guinea at its meeting on 15 June 2010 and to withdraw the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences in consequence.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We are concerned about the human rights situation in Equatorial Guinea, and made this clear at the UN Human Rights Council on 9 December 2009, when Equatorial Guinea underwent its Universal Periodic Review. Our ambassador to Equatorial Guinea will continue to raise our concerns with the Equato-Guinean authorities during his visits to the country. The UK does not wish to see this prize awarded given the incompatibility of the funding and naming with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization values and work on human rights and press freedoms. Minister of State for International Development, Alan Duncan, raised our concerns with the Director General on 4 June. The UK Government intend to pursue further and will remain engaged in efforts to find a solution.

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Solomon, OluSeyi Adeleye
Posted on 11 Jun 2010 12:16 pm (Report this annotation)

A wise question from a wise Honourable member of parliament (Peter Bottomley MP)

Serious violations of human rights are been deplored at the people of Equatorial Guinea, people are been tortured and killed without any judicial intervention.

Nigeria also has a serious issue on flagrantly abusing the human rights of its populace a recent report by:

Published by
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019 USA
For more information contact:
Open Society Justice Initiative
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019 USA

Titled :
Criminal Force
Torture, Abuse, and Extrajudicial Killings
by the Nigeria Police Force.

These Reports were published as early as 24 May 2012.

The United Nations also published a report:


on these same concerns, it is obvious nothing is been done about this by the Nigerian Government to this date.

I urge the British Government to make certain "Pressure" is put on the Nigerian Government, they should know that the UK does not condone Torture or Extrajudicial killing, the Nigerian Government should also know that the UK Government does not coorporate with Governments that commit such heinous crimes or albeit those Governments that continue to ignore such Human Right Violations.

The UK Government must also go as far as refusing aid to the Leaders of Nigeria who rob its citizens of public funds and come to the UK to spend their loots in buying houses and the lot.