News on Nursing in the Media
July 24, 2007 -- Today the BBC reported the release of the Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian physician who had been imprisoned in Libya since 1999 and sentenced to death for allegedly infecting hundreds of children with HIV. Many around the world had argued that evidence suggested that the tragic infections were actually due to poor conditions at the hospital. The Benghazi Six arrived in Bulgaria on a French government plane, and immediately received a pardon from Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.
The release follows a deal under which the families of the infected children will reportedly receive compensation of about US$1 million each. The deal also calls for stronger economic and political ties between the European Union and Libya, as well as health aid to Libyan children infected with HIV. The health workers' release was secured after years of diplomatic efforts, particularly by European Union External Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and we commend everyone who played a role in this very positive outcome. We also thank the nearly 700 concerned people from all over the world who have written letters through the Center's site since 2005 urging the Libyan government to release the prisoners.
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