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Ten Major Medical and Public Health Groups Call for Release of Bulgarian Nurses and Palestinian Doctor Convicted of Infecting Children with HIV

For Immediate Release

Ten major medical and public health associations, representing hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses, and health experts, have written a letter to Libya's Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi calling for the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian physician wrongfully convicted of infecting children with the AIDS virus in a Libyan hospital. The letter is part of an international campaign to free the health workers, who have been imprisoned since February, 1999.

These groups signed the letter:

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Student Association
  • Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
  • HIV Medicine Association
  • International Human Rights Committee of American Public Health Association
  • Physicians for Human Rights
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • World Federation of Public Health Associations

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is a New York-based advocacy organization that uses science and medicine to prevent mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. Learn more here.