Tutu Alicante of EG Justice calls for support 'to cancel definitively the UNESCO-Obiang Prize'.
Dear Executive Board Member:
I am writing on behalf of EG Justice, a non-governmental organization focusing on human rights and governance in Equatorial Guinea, to forward you a letter expressing the voices of hundreds of African individuals, across a wide spectrum of professions, in opposition to the UNESCO-Obiang prize.
As you contemplate a position on this prize, I hope you will consider these African voices, many from Equatorial Guinea itself, which are deeply concerned with the poor record of President Obiang on human rights and the rule of law.
The 127 signatories, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Graca Machel, Nobel Laureate Dr. Wole Soyinka and Dr. Chinua Achebe, call on you to cancel definitively the UNESCO-Obiang Prize and see that the funding for the prize be used to support education, a free press, and other much needed development areas in Equatorial Guinea.
Thank you for consideration. I, and my many colleagues, look forward to learning of your affirmative action to uphold the integrity of UNESCO and terminate this prize.