For Immediate Release
Ten Major Medical and Public Health Groups Call for Release of Bulgarian Nurses and Palestinian Doctor Convicted of Infecting Children with HIV
Cambridge, Mass - 03/23/2007
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
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